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Internet appeal on hit-and-run

THE family of a man killed by a hit-and-run driver at the weekend have turned to the Internet in an effort to track down the motorist responsible.

Yuan Lianggu, aged 48, was riding his scooter when he died in a collision with a car at the intersection of Changjiang Road S. and Changjiang Road W. in Baoshan District about 5:30pm on Saturday.

No surveillance cameras in the area captured the incident, said Baoshan traffic police.

Yuan's family made an appeal online and the post was picked up by microbloggers at It had been retweeted nearly 3,000 times by last night.

Traffic police said there were no eyewitnesses of the accident.

"We hope that anybody who saw anything can come forward to help us," Yuan's aunt, a younger sister of the dead man, told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

"We feel really helpless at the moment as my sister-in-law is in poor health and my brother was the main breadwinner."

"We've almost asked all the people who were nearby but no one saw the accident," she added. "We have also posted notices around which we hope might jog someone's memory."

However, by yesterday evening the web appeal had not thrown up any leads.

Microblogs have been used recently in police appeals. On November 23, officers from Xiamen City in Fujian Province posted on the official microblog a reward for information following the murder of a three-year-old girl.

The post was retweeted more than 10,000 times, attracting 2,000 comments in a week. Afterwards, police detained two people in eastern China's Jiangxi Province.


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