The latest cause of outrage on the Chinese Internet is a traffic accident in which a wealthy sports car driver hit and killed a young college graduate in Hangzhou. From Netease (translated by chinaSMACK):
According to Zhejiang Online’s May 8th report, on the 7th, several young people in Hangzhou City Wen Er West Road were street racing, and amongst them one red race car hit and killed a pedestrian crossing the crosswalk. Onlookers said the perpetrating boy’s attitude was very poor, hitting and killing a person yet treating it as if nothing happened. The perpetrator’s Mitsubishi sports car was labeled with two websites, and amongst the websites read “here gathers the country’s best drifting race car drivers”. A witnesses said, “A little after 8:00pm “rumble rumble rumble” came three cars, all very low very sports cars, going very fast very fast. The boy who was hit was crossing the crosswalk at the time, although at the time I did not see clearly if it was a boy or a girl. Upon being hit, his body flew into the air, flew very high very high, as high as that (Mr. Hu pointed to the Dejia Apartments front door/gate, the door/gate is over 5 meters high)! He flipped in the air, and then fell back down.” Onlooking pedestrians all indicated, 100 km/h? Up to 150km/h? Otherwise how could a person be hit so far? The report said the accident victim was from Hunan, born 1984, only son, graduated from Zhejiang University in 2006, and was working at Hangzhou Yisai Communications Limited Company, and prior to the incident had watched the movie “Nanjing! Nanjing! in the nearby cinema.
chinaSMACK also translates some reactions from netizens, including some who posted personal details and photos of the accused:
I saw the news. This kind of people, they are all beasts/animals, all deserve execution. The person who was killed, anyhow was a Zhejiang University talent, such a waste, losing a person who could have contributed to the country.
70km/h car speed, able to knock a person 5 meters high, throwing him over 20 meters far?
Hangzhou’s JC again insult the people’s intelligence!!! The perpetrator indeed has people in high places.
Simply spending some money can fix this,
in China, the thing that is worth the least is human life. [said in disgust]
Update: See also two posts from ESWN on the incident: “Hangzhou, Whose Paradise Is It?” a translation of a blog post by Hecaitou, and “How To Bury Hu Bin,” a post on RedNet expressing support for the driver.