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Sound asleep: driver takes a nap after deadly trail of terror

A MINIBUS driver who crashed into a car and then knocked down four pedestrians, killing two of them, was later found fast asleep under the back seat of his vehicle, police said yesterday.

Qing Xinhui is due to stand trial on charges involving hit and run, drunken driving, vehicular manslaughter and causing injury.

Police said he crashed into a car after running into oncoming traffic on Qing'an Road early in the morning of May 22 and then hit the pedestrians.

Traffic police didn't take long to find his seriously damaged minibus ... and the driver sound asleep inside.

Police said he hit the pedestrians from behind and there had been no attempt to slow down or stop.

Qing is said to have claimed he was too drunk to realize what was going on the time of the crashes.

A 17-year-old girl was killed at the scene while a young man later died at hospital. Another teenage girl was seriously injured. Another man was only slightly hurt, police said.

"The minibus was going too fast for me to read its car plate," said a driver, surnamed Chen, whose car was first to be hit by the minibus.

Chen told police that the minibus just kept going at speed. He tried to give chase but soon lost track of it.

He alerted the police and they began to search nearby streets.

They spotted a damaged minibus parked on Jiulong Road and were surprised to find a man lying face down under a back seat. Police said he smelled heavily of drink and was murmuring. He was later detected with a blood alcoholic level of 2.47 milligrams per milliliter, more than 10 times the level at which someone would face charges.

Police said Qing could not recall what had happened and had difficulty talking clearly for several hours. But as he sobered up, they say he began to remember some details of the crashes and admitted he was the driver.

Police said he admitted to having drunk wine and beer during dinner and parties the previous evening.


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