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Hit-and-run man comes forward

LU Yi, an alleged hit-and-run driver, was persuaded by his family to surrender to police and is now facing a vehicular manslaughter charge connected to a deadly crash late last month in Xuhui District.

The investigation was in deadlock until Lu's mother rang him up and succeeded in persuading him to return to Shanghai from Fujian Province, where he fled immediately after the crash. When he returned, he confessed the hit-and-run to the authorities, according to local traffic police.

The crash took place around 11:30pm on February 18 on Guilin Road, Xuhui District. The victim was a divorced local man, surnamed Zhang, in his 50s. He was already dead when a woman found his body in the road and called the police.

However, heavy rain had washed away many traces of the fatal collision, police said, while skid marks on the road were also obscure.

The woman who found Zhang's body told police she could remember part of the license plate of a car she'd watched leaving the scene. A shop assistant at a nearby convenience store also came forward to say he had seen a vehicle with a broken windshield passing by at about the time of the crash.

Based on these clues, police identified around 1,000 locally registered vehicles. Lu Yi's car was one of the chief suspects because Lu had disappeared from his home near the crash site.

Police visited Lu's wife and mother and left Lu an official notice asking him to come in for questioning. Lu was contacted by his mother and later confessed to having fled to Fujian immediately after the crash, police said.

"I was staying at a friend's place in Fujian, but I was tortured by guilt," Lu allegedly told police.

He allegedly said he had hidden in a nearby lane after driving away from the site and he'd stayed there and seen the police arrive.

"I thought, it's OK now since the police will help him. So I left," he allegedly said.

Lu walked into a police station five days after the crash. His car, which he left at a relative's home, had a broken windshield and a damaged hood when police found it.

The Xuhui District Court will hear the case soon.


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