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Drag race victim's funeral attracts crowd

MORE than 1,000 people turned out for the funeral of a young man killed by a drag racer – including the parents of the driver.

Twenty-five-year-old Tan Zhuo, who was engaged to be married, was hit by a red Mitsubishi Evolution IX in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, on Thursday, Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News reported today.

The force of the impact threw Tan, a clerk from a Hangzhou telecommunications company, five meters into the air and his body landed 20 meters away.

A sophomore student from a local college, Hu Bin, was the driver of the sports car.

His parents arrived at the funeral on Sunday and both wept as they knelt before Tan's mother asking for forgiveness.
Tan's mother looked Hu's mother in the face and said quietly: "I will not hit you or beat you. The only thing I must tell you is how hard it has been to raise my son."

Tan's mother wore red clothes to the funeral – she said it was her son's favorite color and that he had always said he liked seeing her in red. Ironically the car that killed Tan was red.

Most of the crowd at the funeral did not know the young man personally but came bearing flowers out of respect. The local funeral home offered a 26-gun salute as a special tribute.

The day of the funeral was the day Hu had told his girlfriend he was going to tell his mother that they would be married in October. He had been speaking to her about this only minutes before he was killed.

Police say two drivers are now being sought as witnesses to the fatal accident.

Video from a surveillance camera installed at Wen'er Road W, the scene of the accident, shows a red sports car racing into the area and stopping after the body falls on the ground behind it. Another red car of the same type make swerves into another lane to avoid the body on the ground.

The video also showed the first car red had cut off a white sedan before it hit Tan. The driver of an oncoming white car may have witnessed the entire accident, police said.

The speed limit in the area is 50 kilometers an hour but there were no speed detectors in the vicinity.

Hangzhou Police have asked the drivers of the two white cars to help them.

An internet vigilante identified Hu and published information about Hu's family, including addresses, telephone numbers as well as the company Hu's parents owned.

Earlier media reports said Hu was from a wealthy family and enthusiastic about drag racing, which is illegal in China.

Hu's mother is the registered owner of the car.

Hu has been detained but it is unknown what charges he may face.


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