Allegedly drunk Chinese official kills 5 with car

Updated:Tue, Dec 7, 2010 02:01 AM   By Bernd Chang

Drunk driving,Corruption

Five teenagers were killed

A Chinese government official suspected of being drunk killed five teenagers while driving over the weekend, the latest deadly hit-and-run case involving a government official.

 

BEIJING -- Gu Qingyang, the post office chief of Luoning county in the central province of Henan, drove his car in reverse into a group of seven teenagers walking beside a road Sunday, killing three on the spot and two who died later in a hospital, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late Monday.

Of the dead, the youngest was 13 years old, the report said. Gu has been detained and the incident is under investigation. It did not say why he was driving in reverse.

Calls to the Luoning police department rang unanswered Tuesday.

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China has been trying to crack down recently on drunken driving. The accident follows a hit-and-run accident less than two months ago in which the son of Li Gang, a police official in the northern province of Hebei, was accused of killing a young woman while driving drunk. The woman's family was paid about $70,000 in compensation after the accident.

The incident fueled public outrage at abuses of power after reports emerged that his son shouted "My father is Li Gang" after the accident in an attempt to shield himself from responsibility.

 

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