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Death verdict on driver

A COURT in southwest China has sentenced a man to death for a drunk-driving accident that killed four people.

Sun Weiming, 30, was found guilty of endangering public safety.

Sun was drunk and speeding in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, last December when he struck four other cars, killing four people and seriously injuring another, reports said. He was also driving without a license.

The Tianfu Morning Post reported that Sun told the court he would appeal and begged the judge for a chance to start a new life.

"At the time of the accident, I was completely dazed from drinking and completely unaware and I did not intentionally cross the double line," he was quoted as saying.

The paper reported that the judge said Sun's decision to drive without a license showed his contempt for traffic regulations. The fact that he was fleeing a crash when the fatal collision occurred also showed he was acting intentionally, he said.

Sun had drunk "large quantities" of a Chinese spirit at a relative's lunchtime birthday party on the day of the accident, Tianfu said, and had a blood alcohol level of 0.13, or 135.8 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The legal limit is 0.08.


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