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Hangzhou drag race driver charged

A DRAG race driver who killed a pedestrian in downtown Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, Xinhua news agency reported.

Hu Bin, 20, was handed over to prosecutors yesterday after police concluded their investigation.

Hu has agreed to pay 1.13 million yuan (US$165,580.03) in compensation to the victim's family, police said.

The two sides reached the agreement on Monday.

The victim's parents left Hangzhou last night for their hometown in central China's Hunan Province.

Hu, a university student, driving a speeding Mitsubishi sports car, hit Tan Zhuo, 25, on a pedestrian crossing on the evening of May 7. Tan flew five meters into the air before he hit the ground and died.

The speed of the car has been estimated to have been between 84.1 and 101.2 kilometers per hour when the accident happened, according to a forensic report published by the police. The speeding car had been modified to go faster.


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