Chinese driver ran over child four times

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SHANGHAI - Chinese police have arrested a man for running his BMW car over a three-year-old boy four times within 30 seconds.

The driver was detained after a video footage posted on the website showed that he drove the car back and forth and crushed the child to death in east China’s Jiangsu province.

The incident occurred Sep 7 when the boy Le Le (not his real name) was playing behind a BMW X6 car in a residential area, China Daily reported citing Yangtze Evening News.

The driver drove the car backward without looking behind and knocked down the boy, the report said.

“My son was run over four times,” the boy’s father surnamed Li was quoted as saying while crying and watching the surveillance video that captured the entire accident.

“The driver killed my son intentionally,” Li was quoted as saying by the Yangtze Evening News.

The BMW car was equipped with both rear-view mirrors and a radar that sounds a warning when the car, driving in reverse, nears an object.

The driver should have been able to see the boy, who was 1.16 metre, Li said, adding that when the driver ran over the boy the first time, he should have gotten out to see what was happening.

An official of the Xinyi Public Security Bureau, who declined to be identified, told China Daily that the BMW driver has been taken into custody.

Alcohol tests showed the driver was not drunk at the time of the accident. The accident site was smooth cement pavement and the visibility was also good, according to the local traffic police.

The driver did not look behind his car before driving backward, which was the direct reason for the accident, they said.

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