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Speeding blitz after race death

TRAFFIC police in east China's Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, were ordered yesterday to deal strictly with those caught speeding, after a young man was killed on a pedestrian walkway, sparking a public outcry.

Wang Guoping, the city's Party chief, said: "The management of a city should guarantee safety and peace for its residents. The young man's death on a downtown crossing showed we were not doing well."

Wang demanded traffic police take every possible measure to fight against speeding and illegal car modification, days after Mayor Cai Qi called the accident "appalling."

Tan Zhuo, 25, was hit on Thursday evening by a speeding Mitsubishi sports car driven by a 20-year-old university student surnamed Hu. Tan flew five meters into the air before hitting the ground.

Friends and colleagues described Tan as a diligent and kind man. He was about to marry his girlfriend.

Hu has come under fierce criticism from the public. The public was angered about Hu because he was racing with two friends on a downtown highway. Public anger was sparked by a photo in a local newspaper that showed Hu's friends kidding with each other after the accident.


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