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Drag race ends in death

A YOUNG man has been detained after allegedly running over and killing a 25-year-old man in his sports car during a drag race in an eastern Chinese city last Thursday.

The victim, Tan Zhuo, was thrown 5 meters into the air and landed 20 meters away when he was hit by a red Mitsubishi Evolution at about 8pm, the Oriental Morning Post reported yesterday.

Tan, a clerk from a telecommunications company in Hangzhou City, capital of Zhejiang Province, was engaged to be married.

Witnesses said the suspect, surnamed Hu, was racing with two others when the fatal collision occurred at Wen'er Road W. in Hangzhou.

The front windshield of the car was smashed while its engine hood was also seriously damaged.

A middle-aged woman at the scene, reportedly Hu's mother, tried to protect Hu from being photographed. Police arrived and Hu was taken away from the scene.

Traffic police quoted Hu as saying he was driving at 70 kilometers an hour. Friends and colleagues of Tan said Hu must have been driving faster.

The speed limit on that section of road is 50km/h, but some witnesses said Hu could have been driving as fast as 200km/h.

Hu has been detained for vehicular manslaughter. His parents met Tan's family on Saturday. Hu's parents didn't apologize, Tan's friend said.


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