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Police seek arrest after drink-driving fatality

POLICE recommended that prosecutors arrest a driver who had been drinking before he allegedly ran into a teenage girl and killed her early this week near a pedestrian crossing in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province.

Police said Wei Zhigang, 29, the driver, should be charged with vehicular manslaughter, China News Service reported yesterday.

Wei's car allegedly hit Ma Fangfang, 16, who worked at a local restaurant, about 9pm on Tuesday.

The force of the impact knocked Ma, originally from Linhai City in Zhejiang, 30 meters from the car. She died an hour later in hospital. She was out with friends when she was hit, the report said.

Police detained Wei and told the news service that a test proved he had been drinking. A medical examination later determined the alcohol level in his blood was 0.36 milligrams per milliliter, which is lower than the legal definition of drunk driving at 0.8mg/ml.

Wei admitted he was driving over the speed limit and police are still trying to determine how fast he was going at the time, the report said.

Wei's car, owned by his father, had recorded 14 traffic violations in the past seven months, police said at a news conference yesterday.

It also found Ma was not hit at the crosswalk as previously reported. She was hit about 10 meters from the crosswalk, according to videotapes police showed at a news conference on Thursday.

Whether she was hit at the crosswalk is essential to determining what charge Wei will face.

"We feel really sorry for Ma and her family," the driver's father, Wei Minxuan, told local media representatives.

He had visited Ma's family to offer his apologies.


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