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3 teens killed by DUI driver: police

AN IT sales engineer has been detained in Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province, for allegedly mowing down four teenage boys - killing three - on Saturday when driving under the influence of alcohol.

Du Jun, 42, was detected with 88 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliter of blood, higher than the upper legal limit, and should be held fully responsible, said police, the Yangtze Evening News reported yesterday.

Du faces a vehicle manslaughter charge.

The four boys were on their way home from a local bathhouse at about 5:40pm.

A Shuanghuan sport utility vehicle hit them from behind. Su Guangze, 16, and Xu Yang, 15, died at the scene. Zhang Yi, 17, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The only survivor, Su Rui, 14, was in a stable condition.

Du had a strong odor of alcohol at the scene but initially denied driving the SUV, He confessed several hours later, police said.

Half of the windshield of Du's SUV was smashed in the accident, the report said.

Ran red light

According to police, Du, a sales engineer from an IT company based in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province ran a red light and illegally parked twice before hitting the boys.

Su Guangze's father Su Wenmei passed out when he saw his son's body at the scene. Xu Yang's father Xu Changrong was shocked twice over the death of his son and nephew Zhang Yi.

Zhang's mother, also Xu Changrong's sister, had to be treated at a local psychiatric facility.

China's police authority has decided to extend the nationwide crackdown on drunk driving until the end of the year because the practice is still seen as serious.

The campaign started in mid-August and was originally planned to end on October 15.

In order to end drunk driving, lawmakers are considering tougher legislation, including a clause that would penalize passengers who aid and abet drunk drivers.

According to a draft by the Ministry of Public Security, passengers in the same vehicle as a drunk driver would be fined if it is deemed they did not make all reasonable efforts to stop the offender from getting behind the wheel.


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