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Speeding blamed in death of pedestrian

SPEEDING has been cited as the cause for a car accident that left one pedestrian dead on May 7 in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, police said yesterday.

The speed of the car has been estimated to have been between 84.1 to 101.2 kilometers per hour when the accident happened, according to a forensic analysis report.

According to the report, the speeding car was refitted to go faster. The engine, exhaust system and tires had been modified.

The report was made by a group of motor vehicle experts and mechanics from Jilin, Zhejiang, Shanghai and other parts of China. They were invited by Blue Arrow, a forensic analysis group in Hangzhou, according to police. The institute was entrusted by police to do the analysis.

A spokesman of the municipal public security bureau said it received the forensic analysis report at 5:45pm on Wednesday and immediately sent copies to both parties concerned.

Both the victim's family and the driver responsible for the accident can challenge the results within three days.

The case has not yet entered the judicial phase. Whether it will be a civil or criminal case remains unknown. But similar cases usually are both civil and criminal, according to legal experts.

The family of the victim has consulted lawyers.

On the evening of May 7, Tan Zhuo, 25, was hit on a pedestrian walkway in Hangzhou by a speeding Mitsubishi sports car driven by a university student surnamed Hu. Tan flew five meters into the air before he hit the ground and died.

Friends and colleagues described Tan as a diligent and kind man. He was going to marry his girlfriend in the near future.

Hu, 20, has been detained on vehicular manslaughter charges.


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