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Speeding driver agrees to pay victim's family

A SPEEDING driver who killed a pedestrian in downtown Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, has agreed to pay 1.13 million yuan (US$165,000) compensation to the victim's family, the Xinmin Weekly reported yesterday.

The sum includes 100,000 yuan for mental suffering, the victim's lawyer Wei Yongqiang told the magazine.

Hu Bin, 20, a university student, was driving a Mitsubishi sports car when he hit Tan Zhuo, 25, on a pedestrian crossing on May 7. Tan flew 5 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, according to a report published by the police.

Hu has been arrested on vehicular manslaughter charges, and may face up to seven years in jail if convicted.

Tan, a native of Hunan Province, had been working in Hangzhou after graduating from Zhejiang University.


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