Teenage Girl Dragged 700 Meters to Her Death by Drunk Driver

Zhao Qi holding her daughter's picture.

From QQ:

17-Year-Old Girl Dragged 700 Meters by Drunk Driver, Dies

“Every time I think of my daughter’s horror-struck eyes as she laid on the roadside, I hear her heart-wrenching cry.” Overnight, Hebei Province Daming County People’s Hospital doctor Zhao Qi forever lost his beloved wife and daughter. Daming County police revealed on the 9th that they had solved a drunk driving case in which a mother and her daughter were both killed. This picture [above] is of March 8th, Hebei Dajing County, after his daughter’s death, the heart-broken Zhao Qi hadn’t slept for days, and with the absence of his wife and daughter, the home seemed deserted.

The scene of the incident.

“My wife was the head nurse of Daming County People’s Hospital, and my daughter was in her first year of high school.” Zhao Qi told this reporter. March 3rd, at about 9:40pm, his wife Xu Qiaoling was taking their daughter home on an electric scooter from a nighttime study session. When they were at about 50 meters east of the intersection between the county’s Beijing Road and Jingfu Avenue, they were suddenly hit directly from behind by a speeding car, causing a severe head injury to wife Xu Qiaoling at the scene, while daughter Zhao Hongye was dragged away by the car. Instead of getting out of the car and helping the wounded, the driver and the other people in the car fled the scene with the car dragging the 17-year-old Zhao Hongye along the road, and after driving over 700 meters, this young girl was left by the roadside. After a brief pause, they fled the scene at full speed, and were at last intercepted by both Daming County Dajie Village Traffic Police on duty vehicles and the County Police Station’s special police officers. This picture is of the scene of the incident.

Zhao Hongye.

As it is understood, this traffic accident has aroused widespread concern from all sectors of society. At night on March 7th, hundreds of people, including the colleagues of the deceased Xu Qiaoling, the schoolmates of the deceased Zhao Hongye, some netizens who Had been following this incident, and some other concerned people, arrived at the People’s Square in Daming County, lighting candles and praying for the mother and the daughter. At present, the driver responsible and the other 3 people on the car have been held in custody at the Daming County detention center, and the case is in the course of being heard. This picture is of a photo of Zhao Hongye while she was alive (re-taken).

The special team is investigating the scene of the incident.

Due to this incident creating a terrible influence locally, on March 8th, the Daming County government has already tasked public security authorities and other departments with assembling a special task force to conduct further investigations and verifications with regards to this matter, with relevant personnel to re-examine the scene of the incident. According to the description of the situation provided by the police: On March 3rd, at about 9:50pm, a traffic accident happened 50 meters east of the intersection between the county’s Beijing Road and Jingfu Avenue. Traffic Police Brigade District Squad officers Kang Xianghe and Wang Yaxu arrived at the scene, discovering one dead body, a motor scooter, and fragments of a motor vehicle. The car responsible had fled the scene. Based on a tracks left at the scene going from west to east, the police officers pursued east by car for about 700 meters and discovered another dead body at the center of the road.

Zhao Qi.

Handan City Daming County People’s Hosptial doctor Zhao Qi has forever lost his beloved wife and daughter.

The trouble-causing car.

According to the person in charge at Daming Traffic Police Brigade, through a blood test, the driver responsible was driving drunk, and the other 3 people in the car had also been drinking that night. This picture is of the automobile involved. Photo provided by Daming County police.

The hearting-breaking family.

Zhao Qi taking out a blood-stained and terribly torn grey down jacket from a black plastic bag. Holding the shredded jacket, looking at the scattered feathers, he choked with sobs.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯广东省网友 天才与白痴:

I myself am also a driver. Drunk driving is disregarding the safety of other people’s lives. Nobody would pity this kind of person, even if they were dead. The damage you’ve done to other people is beyond remedy. Death caused by drunk driving in the future should be treated the same as murder.

腾讯福州市网友 sly055:

It seems the only thing people see are the father’s tears and how abominable the driver who caused the accident is, that the abominable driver did not stop to rescue the poor young girl, but instead drove away like mad, dragging her along. However, what everyone should see more is, why do drivers who hit people in this country flee, whereas it doesn’t happen in developed European countries? If in this incident the driver had stopped, it would mean him paying for endless medical costs, and China’s medical costs can turn a multi-millionaire into a negative-millionaire overnight, whereas fleeing the scene or killing the person outright results in either simply paying some [ultimately limited] amount of compensation or even no problem at all. Life in China is worthless, but medical expenses are a bottomless pit. If China were like the West, where [the government makes it possible for] people to afford to heal their injuries and treat their sicknesses, and if the system also required that the crime of killing a person was heavier than saving the, and medical expenses were also cheap? Then I believe these people would not be so foolish as to flee or kill the persons hit. What you guys see is the vileness of the culprit, but the regulations that forced him to do this are even more vile!!!

腾讯沈阳市网友 小璇子:

If the down jacket is torn like that, what must her person look like? Judging by the picture, she was a rather good-looking girl, it’s such a shame and so heartbreaking. As a mother of a child, I’m so upset seeing this news. When will tragedies like this stop happening?

腾讯网友 弥夜雪:

Each picture is equally shocking, and heartbreaking to look at. “Drunk driving” is not only being irresponsible to oneself, more importantly, it’s being irresponsible to other people’s lives! Must severely punish this offender!!! Although the law can’t bring him back his wife and daughter, at least it should give him justice!

腾讯网友 三易:

The country has repeatedly declared that drunk driving is strictly forbidden, but why are there still so many people who go against the law committing this crime? Nowadays, detention and revocation of driver’s licenses are no longer effective enough.

腾讯徐州市网友 苑雪軒靈:

China’s thousands of years of “wine culture” should be abolished.

腾讯西安市网友 西安肛肠医院:

I’m a medical personnel and seeing this news… makes me very sad… I feel for this doctor… The bastard who hit them, your drinking of a few cups of happy alcohol… has destroyed two lives… and the warmest, most peaceful harbor… a happy home/family…. The bastard driver, couldn’t you stop and save them? Those accomplices sitting in the car, couldn’t you make the car stop and save them? Maybe the young girl could still be saved… I hate you… even tearing you apart by five carts would not be excessive…
I’ve been a medical personnel for over 20 years… because of my occupation, I’ve seen many examples of the living parting with the dead… words can not describe the heart-wrenching pain… Us medical staff know it well: while healing the wounded and rescuing the dying, every minute, every second matters, even if a life has only one chance out of 10,000 to survive… we’ll make a trillion of our effort to save him, we don’t want any lives to be lost in our hands… people of other occupations can never feel this kind of feeling.
To tell the truth, life is fragile, but also strong, in the world of man, life always comes first, it’s supreme… But in reality, people’s attitude toward cherishing life has clearly decreased… It’s a tragedy of life of society these days… it’s a degeneration of the human race… The bell always tolls… the society is sick… how to cure it? Begging for a good doctor… save the people.

腾讯武汉市网友 孟凌:

At the age of a flower, had a smile like a flower, as a mother who has a child the same age as her, my heart trembles!

腾讯安庆市网友 有你真好:

It’s not that I’m irrational, I really don’t know what to say. Would not drinking kill you? Would it kill you?

腾讯网友 神剑:

The country’s laws are still not equal, not strict. With regards to drunk driving, it’s not strict, and it should be zero tolerance towards drunk driving. It should be that a drunk driver, regardless of your identity, of what status/position you have, as long as you’ve taken someone else’s life, your life is forfeit as well. This way, the pain you’ve brought to someone else’s family, your own family can also experience.

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  • Panerman

    I guarantee if this doctor wasn’t working in the county hospital, the police wouldn’t spend so much effort and time in this case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726636374 John Chung 哥

    China and the corruption and usually people will get away with it

    • YourSupremeCommander

      If these people were well connected or wealthy, this would not even make the news. China is such a sad society.

      • Alex

        Actually, this is gradually becoming more and more difficult. Maybe more so with the wealthy than the powerful. The amount of time before a story reaches a critical mass, by which trying to suppress it would be impossible has shrunk to a matter of hours now with Weibo and other online communities. However, by the looks of it, the driver in this case was driving a Chinese made BYD, not sigh of wealth by any standard.

        • Hongwu Emperor

          Indeed. every time a crime occurs, people come here and babble shit about ‘how he is a rich officer and nothing’s gonna happen’ without even paying attention on his car, which is not for the so-called ‘wealthy officers’.

      • BiggJ

        I know a chinese guy here in china did the same thing. Kill a guy on an e-bike while is was drunk. Then even tampered with the crime scene to make it look like a accident. Then the victims parents found out and the guy that killed him offered to pay money to keep it quiet. So the guy goes around borrowing money from everyone and payed them off and he’s out scott free. This guy is not rich or well connected. He just managed to get his hands on some money, I don’t know how much it was but not whole lot. That’s sick.

    • the ace of books

      Hang on, man, hang on. Where is there corruption in this case?

    • The Acidic Hasidic

      Yeah, this guys dad is obviously li gang

  • mr.wiener

    Oh shit a brick, that photo of the drag marks on the road was a bit rough. God, poor kid.

    • SuperHappyCow

      Yeah, I know, right? Tough shit. :<

    • the ace of books

      This.

  • don mario

    drunk or other wise, the driving is beyond shocking in china. the only reason this is news is because its pretty gross, and the driver was drunk. to me this is just one accident in a zillion, that have happened and will continue to happen until chinese people sort their moronic self interested views about driving out.

    more development wont necessarily improve it either, because it is just as bad in taiwan, a more developed place. the self interested attitude is what needs to be changed.

    • Kai

      You’re right, more development won’t necessarily improve things but it can and usually does. I personally think Taiwan is substantially better now than it was before, having seen its changes through the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. Same with Hong Kong. I’m not saying shit like this doesn’t happen in those places because of course they have and do, but I wouldn’t say it’s “just as bad”.

      Shit like this happens because of people making bad decisions, including decisions made out of selfish interest and with disregard to others. The prevalence of such bad decisions is in part influenced by your environment, and development of society influences that environment.

      It’s likely impossible to stamp out bad choices and certain attitudes, but you can definitely change the prevalence of them with effort and time. The only thing is that people are notoriously resistant to change and it can take generations to instill or replace people’s values and habits, changing overall societal norms. China, for many obvious and understandable reasons, is behind the curve on many things. This is one result, and hopefully results like this spur people’s attitudes to change faster when it comes to drink driving..

      • Linette lee

        In hong kong a hit and run is extremely serious. If you hit anything or anyone and ran, you will be charged even if you weren’t the one caused the accident.

        • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

          because that system was put in place by the British government a long time ago. HK traffic system is the British system, you can not fuck about when it comes to British road traffic law.
          Never mind foreign expert (cough) Teachers flooding the job market here, they should be recruiting British Traffic coppers here to teach the dumb ass pretend ones they got on the mainland.
          Fuck it just bring over Hong Kong Traffic police to sort it all out.

          • don mario

            some forigner’s do adapt to the chinese way though when they come to china. ive seen plenty, there is one vid on youtube of a prick riding through about 10 red lights in a row.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            When in Rome..

          • mattsm84

            …wear a suit and drive an electric scooter.
            …take a good hard look at the locals and disabuse yourself of any notion of European superiority

          • BiggJ

            I’ll make an exception for china. I can’t stoop to that level.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            When in Rome.

          • mr.wiener

            …..pinch girls arses.
            …..watch out for pickpockets.
            ……see who they’ve chosen as the pope this month.
            ……watch the local fascist beat up English football fans.
            ……try to get an invite to Belesconi’s next “bunga bunga” party.
            Any other endings to this sentence?

          • The Hungus

            I hate facisim but they can’t be all bad if they’re beating on Englih football fans

          • mr.wiener

            It’s because it was Tottenham, which was [in it’s early days] supported largely by London’s Jewish population. It’s supporters still refer to themselves jokingly as the “Yid army”

          • the ace of books

            …eat your fill of real! live! Italian food? Shit, that’s what I’d do if I was ever in Rome. Druther go to Venice anyway. Rome has Two Thousand Years of History Of Being Fucking Pompous.

      • don mario

        i dont know about hong kong. i dont know how much taiwan has improved but just as someone who has learnt to drive in the uk, for me it is shocking, and at an unacceptable level. i know some improvements like wearing helmets only happen because you will get fined otherwise. some wear the helmet and just leave the strap open. shows exactly how much they really care about road safety.

        china is even ahead of taiwan for some things such as banning motorbikes in citys and encouraging e-bikes. pretty much half of the air pollution in taiwan would be wiped out if they did that! also there are some other factors in it, china has wider roads generally and bike lanes and taiwan has mostly scooters(easier to have an accident) that makes me think they are comparably bad.

        • James

          AHEAD? you think motorcycles create more pollution than cars? Making cars and horrible ebikes that last 1 year is better than a 125cc Honda that will run for 20 years? In what way is China ahead? By forcing it’s citizens with low income to buy a Mian Bao Che? Or a BYD? You can check Taiwan’s air pollution by the way, it’s no where near China. I lived in Taiwan for a year, and I feel that the amount of scooters shows progress, not retreat.

          • Hongwu Emperor

            Good would be a total transition from fucking polluting cars to walk on foot/bycicles [for the modern people] or war chariots for the cool.

          • Kai

            I agree that a lot of the ebikes and cars in China are not exactly durable and an argument can be made that they contribute a net cost in waste. However, I see it as a natural byproduct of a market economy for transportation convenience constrained by existing technology and resources. I’m not sure I’d begrudge China’s market of cheap electrical scooters. There’s just so many factors involved, and it’s not like Taiwan’s adoption of motorized transport went from nothing to high-quality durable motor-scooters either.

            The thing about comparing Taiwan’s air pollution is kinda unfair, as are many things that compare Taiwan and China. There’s a lot of things affecting visible pollution in both places, not least of which is how much Taiwanese manufacturing is offshored to China..

            I’m personally not a fan of ebikes and have consistently lusted for a the gas scooters that are ubiquitous in Taiwan. But that’s because I’m a petrol head.

          • don mario

            yes, i think banning motorbikes from citys is better than NOT banning motorbikes from citys. they are more ahead than taiwan in that way, its pretty obvious what i wrote douche.

            i dont really like the e-bikes either, but its a reality that the e-vehicle industry has to develop and that current cars need to be phased out. so i see development towards that as a positive.

            i never said taiwan had worse pollution than china, i have read about the air pollution levels there as it is a genuine concern for me. its better than china but its still pretty shitty and a lot of it comes from scooters. your lungs are gonna be in danger if you are living there.

        • Kai

          I’m not sure I’d read so much into things like Hong Kongers leaving their helmets unstrapped. That sounds like Chinese people flouting indoor smoking bans and drunk driving laws, or American Harley riders historically being reluctant to wear helmets themselves and often wearing just what minimally passes for one even to this day. Frankly, most people everywhere are like this when it comes to adoption of new laws. I think of seat belt laws and using cell phones while driving laws as well. Most people comply primarily for fear of being fined, and not so much because they genuinely care about road safety.

          On your second paragraph, sorta. I think it’s mostly just how different situations influenced the development and norms in each country. Taiwan’s general populace got richer sooner than China and could afford motorized transportation sooner, so gas scooters becoming common is pretty natural. China came about later, and in a time where national fossil fuel consumption is a big issue, along with the environment, as well the availability of better battery technology. Thus, e-bikes are more popular in China.

          On wider roads, I think the fact that a lot of infrastructure in Taiwan is decades older than many of the more recently redeveloped areas of China’s cities has something to do with this.

          • don mario

            not hong kongers, taiwanese. you wouldnt look into it too much? cool bro, but i would. i have seen too much of it for me to think otherwise.

          • Kai

            Sorry about the confusion over HK/TW, but I’m just saying people who leave their helmets unstrapped doesn’t necessarily equal them giving fuck-all about road safety. It’s like saying the person who speeds gives fuck-all about road safety. Sometimes people just have different calculations of cost-benefit.

            I’m not trying to give you a hard time so I don’t know why the whole “cool bro” is necessary. You read the behavior of not strapping helmets as meaning one thing, and I just don’t think it necessarily means just that. Not sure why such a difference in thinking requires that sort of sarcasm.

          • Chang Liu

            Speaking as a cyclist helmets definitely cramp your style :).

      • http://www.facebook.com/chris.mckenna.7509 Chris McKenna

        I think there is something to that. Part of the problem in China is that they laws are not enforced until something happens. The police sit at junctions and watch people drive through red lights and down the wrong side of the road and only do anything when people crash

        If you put foreigners in the same situation, the same things happen. I’d say at least half of the foreign drivers I know regularly break the traffic rules (including some serious drink driving) and all of them got their bike licences – if the have them – through corruption.

        In short, if the police ignore the law, people – Chinese or otherwise – will also ignore the law.

        • Kai

          Yeah, I agree. People are generally predisposed to getting away with what they can and rarely change their behaviors until forced to due to personal costs. More crazy accidents should prompt more public outrage putting greater pressure on public services to prevent future crazy accidents to avoid suffering public pressure due to public outrage caused by crazy accidents. Fucking people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

      I bought a bike 6 months ago in Dongguan and I fear for my life everyday. I ride with extreme caution in more ways that is worth describing here, and the fear is part of what keeps me safe, but I’ve even told my students, “Its not exceedingly unlikely another teacher will come in this classroom someday and tell you I got plowed.” But despite the dangers and the crazy driving, I often fear more from other cyclists than from cars… people on bikes are in some ways far more dangerous than the cars. Furthermore, I generally felt in more danger in the U.S. biking simply because drivers are less conscious about bikes there, and however cautious they may be about hitting other cars, they don’t really think about cyclists popping out with the flow of traffic.

      I am admittedly drunk typing right now. Don’t expect to drag anyone to their death here on my couch.

      • Rick in China

        I think riding your bike “with fear” can be equally dangerous as riding in comfort, or more-so. I think it’s important to be *excessively* observant especially in China, but consider drivers….for example, who are driving “in fear”, and how they may drive….apply that to bicycle riders.

        To make it more clear, imagine a driver who drives in fear of accidents, constantly. They are going to be WAY more reactive to hitting/slamming on the breaks, and since they’re not necessarily more observant, they cause a greater risk than people who casually move with the flow of traffic. They will slam on the breaks to avoid a potential but unlikely incident in their current field of vision, but the result may often be someone behind them or in a dead spot slamming into them. I think this is a very common reason why accidents happen, especially in China….. OVER caution.

        • Dr Sun

          You know Rick, you are right.
          Trying to drive in china like you are still in the USA is as silly as trying to drive in the USA as if you are still in India.

          The problem is all (well not all) westerns think the answer is wide empty roads, then their cell phones swerves, not paying attention and drunk driving swerves that cause most of the accidents can be avoided.

        • Nick in Beijing

          I agree about the overly cautious thing.

          I have been riding my scooter in Beijing for about 6 months now. I have ridden in the U.S. since I was in middle school (off road first, then on road in the country, then when I got my license my Goldwing Interstate was my primary mode of transportation).

          I took the confidence I developed in riding back home to my riding here. The problem is people being overly confident and not understanding the dangers inherent in the machine they are driving/riding, or not being confident enough and doing things like hesitating and making slow changes.

          Aggressively defensive drivings is the sweet spot in my opinion. Not overly offensive driving (cutting off, speeding and the like), but enough so to ensure your safety, but enough so to let others know that you are there (whether you are riding a bike/scooter/motorcycle or driving) and let them know that this is your spot, so if they want to take any actions either shit or get off the pot.

          I haven’t had a single incident where any car or truck has threatened my safety since riding, not even close. I have had a few “carguments” where some uppity douche bag driving tricked out bmw’s or tinted window audis have tried to push me out of a lane, or drive to close behind me flashing their headlights like they think they have the right to demand anyone out of their way so they can speed. Some good defensive driving has put them in their place each and every time. All it takes is familiarity with your vehicle, and awareness of your surroundings.

          • Chang Liu

            I agree. Personally, I participated in 2 Alleycat races in Beijing and Shanghai. So far not a scratch. In fact I might have caused an accident when I sped past some other cyclists and heard a crash behind me. Oops.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

          I see your point, but in a car you have 2 tons of metal wrapped around you, and on a bike you only have soft bone and tissue protecting you.

          Going with the flow of traffic requires 1) A general feeling of trust that drivers/pedestrians/cyclists have an ability to consider risks and the safety of themselves and others (not an abundance of that quality here) and 2) predictability (also in short supply here.)

          I spend a lot of time on the road and the frequency that cars and cyclists simply make sharp turns one way or the other without looking or signaling is appalling.

          Perhaps I’m expressing “observant” with the word “fear” in my original post. I look all the hell around me all the time because I know a lot of people on the road don’t have an ounce of sense and will hit me if I don’t see them and avoid them myself.

          • sendtodave

            I think that going with the flow of traffic is necessary.

            Accidents seem to happen most happen when people suddenly stop moving.

          • Rick in China

            Fair enough – just using the word “fear” implies your senses may be heavily influenced by a lack of confidence and knee-jerk reactions may follow when you see something ‘may’ happen, which leads to something else actually happening :D

      • don mario

        haha, i have done it to. i rode a bike in china and saw retarded dangerous shit like CARS driving the WRONG way up the BIKE lane. lol. its fun, i wont judge but no doubt its very risky buisiness. just hit up youtube and you can see the brutal results of sharing the road with these idiots.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

          DO NOT WANT TO SEE THAT!!

    • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

      The driving is getting worse each year, not better and not one dam thing is being done at about it because the government is to scared to enforce anything upfront because people flip out here when you try to enforce anything on them and they don’t want a rebellion do they!

      The running a Amber traffic light rule they tried to implement a few weeks back was pulled soon as everyone on the internet started moaning, since when do governments have to listen to protests from the weibo? Law should be law and that’s it. (most the traffic lights go red,green,red,green,red green wtf happened to amber is any one guess)

      I watch traffic cops (and the pretend road marshals) every day stand around on traffic junctions smoking fags and doing nothing, mainly because people totally fucking ignore them when they try to do something,
      Its total Anarchy on the roads with every possible violation being committed every second of every day.
      A British traffic copper would have a heart attack if he spent one day on the roads here.

      • narsfweasels

        Statistics showed that in the week during the “amber light” rule was enforced, traffic accidents dropped by a third in Shanghai.

        Then due to “public pressure” they dropped the rule.

        One wonders why “public pressure” in other policy areas has been less of a driving force?

    • alien

      right on bro. fucking eh. moronic driving is an understatement.

      i am VERY careful in the road here. And I moved out to the countryside to where it is far less busy.

      no joke folks. chinese can’t drive.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    Wow, this is absolutely unbelievable, my condolences to the father and husband…

  • monmon

    The photos are hard to watch. (/_\)The stretch marks give me chills.

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      There’s a cream you can buy for that.

  • Appalled@everything

    Can’t imagine his loss. Hope the driver is punished properly and doesn’t just pay his way out of prosecution.

  • La Mano Gaucha

    And so it goes… Vile.

    My deepest condolences to this unfortunate girl’s family.

    • La Mano Gaucha

      Ditto regarding the mother…
      These stories over and over again are so upsetting…

  • Alexander

    Its time the police start to get stricter and enforce the traffic laws by setting-up routine speed traps….. traffic enforcement is where motorcycle police really shine, its time to start enforcing traffic laws….

    • La Mano Gaucha

      Definitely. It will take considerable time and more lives needlessly lost though, as the cops first need to be properly trained. Few are, and many just don’t care. Give it a generation or maybe two for it to be implemented countrywide.

      • Kai

        I agree. Living in Shanghai, I’ve seen improvements over the years. Recently, I was pulled aside by a traffic cop. It was something minor but I remember instead of being annoyed, I found it quite exciting in a certain way, like feeling reassured that there is law and there are people enforcing it. I mean, of course I know there is and are, but given all our reservations about lawlessness in China, from everything we read, it was a nice reminder. Of course, I confess, if the consequence was a lot more than a 20 RMB slap on the wrist, selfish self interest might have overwhelmed that sense of appreciation.

        That said, I’m keenly aware that Shanghai hardly represents most of China and when we think things in Shanghai are bad, they’re often even worse elsewhere. Even if China could change its physical and social infrastructure overnight, it’s going to take a lot longer to change its people. The whole hardware vs. software analogy. It’s changing though, even if sometimes it feels like it isn’t fast enough for our liking.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

          You’re more active than usual, Kai… is this story personal for you?

          In the U.S., damn, I’m not sure you can go out for a day without seeing one or more cars pulled over.

          • Kai

            *shifty eyes* Are you trying to bust my chops for something?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

            Haha, no, I’m really not at all.

          • Kai

            Alright, then I’m not really sure how to interpret you asking me if the story is personal. *squints*

            I’m off to watch Judge Dredd. Talk to you folks later!

          • Dr Sun

            AH so finally you reveal your desire to a “KungFu” policeman in a Authoritarian state

          • Kai

            Er…what? Just the other day I was talking to the jC editor about how I’d be a terrible despot…

          • SuperHappyCow

            betrayed the laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawl

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            There is no Judge Dredd in China. Judge Dredd believes in law and order. China believes in harmony. These things are not exclusively the same.

            Judge Dredd: I sentence you to death!
            Chinese cop: Listen, this is something that only go guys can work out…

            Very cool 3D, though. We should all live in the Matrix or be on “Slo-Mo”.

          • Paul Schoe

            Nice terroir: “Judge Dredd believes in law and order. China believes in harmony. These things are not exclusively the same.

          • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

            Well, we’ll see when BJ Town and Shangers merge to become Megacity Two

          • mr.wiener

            Sinocity methinks. Megacity 2 is already taken, it is California.

          • mr.wiener

            You have good taste in movies. Let’s bring judge Dredd to China. No more hit and runs.

          • Kai

            Megacity One population 400 million. China is geographically larger and more populous. We’ll need more Dredds.

            Good thing he can be cloned.

        • Linette lee

          Haha….you are funny. The chinese police was wondering why are you so happy being pulled over. That big smile on your face. “Thank you police officer. Thank you for giving me a ticket.” You shout out with a big smile waving bye to the police.

          • Dr Sun

            he’s a laowai and happy to give his money away.

          • mattsm84

            Hey man, if $4 is all you need to pay to see a Chinese police officer do actually do their job then its a bargain.

          • Kai

            I’m not “happy” to give away my money, I’m just happy to see the system do what it should do.

            @cf27739e313d1b16d749ebdf96ee7d2a:disqus The cop was professional and even nice. He let me off one violation with a warning and fined me 20 for the other. I think he handled it quite well and treated me like a person. I appreciate that.

      • Dr Sun

        how about another 5000 years ?
        The rule of law has never been a big hit in China and I can’t see that changing any time soon.

        • Hongwu Emperor

          What about the legalism?? o_O

    • Dr Sun

      first off the Police and those that made the laws would need to follow them, before anyone else does.
      Can you see that happening ?

    • the ace of books

      See, this. Enforcement is one of the major things that I can straight-up, unabashedly say “this country needs”, because enforcement gives people direct consequences for their actions, and if there’s something people pay attention to, it’s consequences. Enforcement, however, is one of the hardest thigns to, well, enforce, because there’s a huge tendency in people to justify their actions; especially in China, there’s a lot of “weeeelllll, can’t you just let it go this once?” and then “this once” becomes the norm.

  • Reginald

    They only have investigations, yet the furthest prevention goes is childish warning cartoons on television.

    • Kai

      LoL, nah, there’s a bit more, but I’m sure people in Shanghai are familiar with the one of the guy fuzzing up a beer in his hand and each drink changes his car into increasingly ridiculous lower forms of transportation. What was it, a rickshaw, then unicycle, then rubber ducky mobile?

      I wouldn’t knock it. That sort of public education campaigning is necessary and China has to keep it up. On prevention, I know they’re also doing check stops, breathalyzing drivers. They’re doing more now than when I first came to China so it’s progress.

      • Nick in Beijing

        What is the point of such kinds of public education? If you drink enough beer while driving your car will experience some mind shatteringly awesome transformations? Beer is a psychoactive drug? You shouldn’t shake your beer before drinking it while driving otherwise your car will turn into a duck?

        I think all the childishness of the public service announcements is one of the reasons people aren’t getting the point. Like that ridiculous advertisement that was playing in the subway where those two malformed dwarf kid-monsters with the CNY greased up front-drape haircut were waddling around in a subway station randomly bumping into things until they finally worked out that they go through the card reader gates to get out of the station.

        Moral of the story: Leaving your misshapen little brats unattended in the public transit system is entirely acceptable and if you drink enough beer your car will do some kick-ass physics bending transformations.

        Duckybots go!

        • Kai

          I think Chinese people get the metaphors, and I personally don’t think there is an absence of the serious, graphic, and shocking when it comes to traffic education and media reporting of traffic accidents/crimes. You have provincial traffic departments releasing remixed videos online of horrific traffic accidents at intersections caught on surveillance cameras. The little animated shorts are just one thing, not the only thing, and you know, you have other countries doing similar things, like Japan or Taiwan. In some ways, an argument can be made that such cartoons may even socialize anti-drunk driving into kids, whereas parents might cover their eyes against the more serious and shocking PSAs that might be more effective into waking adults the fuck up.

          I haven’t seen the subway one you mentioned, but maybe cuz I haven’t used the subway in a long time now, or maybe it’s a local Beijing thing? I see a lot of countries using cute stuff for their PSAs. Like I said above, Japan and Taiwan. I don’t think they’re necessarily ineffective.

      • BiggJ

        Yeah stuff like that has to be hard hitting. Not some cartoon thing. It has to scare you into not drinking and driving.

        • Kai

          See my response to Nick. I agree that might work better for many adults, but I don’t think the light-touch stuff necessarily has no effect. My general position is that appreciable changes in social norms requires consistent long-term education at all age levels and especially at younger ages, because they’re the ones who will grow up to inherit the world. Gotta get the young.

  • vincent

    Why aren’t photos of the perpetrators ever posted, you always see mugshots of criminals when such accidents happen in other places. Only photos of the carnage and suffering they have wrought seem to make it into these articles, it’s time assholes like this are named and shamed so that they’ll suffer for their actions.

    • Kai

      I’m not sure if photos are never posted but yeah, I think more naming and shaming would help.

  • TJDubs

    I see that exchange student made it home from Seattle without too much problem.

    • Kai

      LoL!

    • Chang Liu

      He downgraded from a BMW to a BYD!?

      • TJDubs

        It’s the harshest punishment his parents could think of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

    I feel really sorry this poor girl’s life was ended so early and in such a way. How could anyone feel differently?

  • YourSupremeCommander

    If I am the father I would most definitely seek out these people and kill them all one by one. I don’t care if I will die as well.

    • Dr Sun

      How well connected are you ?
      if well connected= no consequences

    • Alex

      I actually agree with you here. If I was the father, I would have nothing to lose. In fact, I think there are worse things you can do to someone instead of killing them. I would probably kidnap their entire family and kill them one by one in front of the driver, so that they can feel what it is like to lose loved ones.

      • The Hungus

        Kidnap and kill their entire family- innocent people who’s only crime i being related to an asshole?

        How very… Chinese of you.

      • mr.wiener

        I’d reserve the right to revenge, but I’d like to keep my soul [if such a thing exists]. The Mafia had an admirable code [which wasn’t always kept to]
        “No women, no kids”.

  • tango1119

    China should adopt the law that we use in the states. Punish the restaurant or business establishment that allowed this person leave their premises drunk and operate a vehicle in that state. Maybe then and only then, will we see a visible dent in the percentage of deaths caused by drunk driving.

    • Dr Sun

      seriously you want to close every restaurant in China and stop all the fun evenings out drinking for all the CPC legislators and police officers ?
      That will put hundreds of thousands of resturants and their workers out of work, not to say seriously reduce the fun of being a CPC official or policeman as you’ll have no where to go to eat for free.

      • tango1119

        It all has to start somewhere and the harsher drunk driving laws here is just not cutting it.

        • Dr Sun

          I suggest you read my post again, especially the last sentence..

  • Rick in China

    Sad story for the girl.

    Poll? Stupid available responses. Many people in developed countries have driven drunk – usually when young and relatively stupid, but develop more of a sensibility with age.

    My response is “Yes. But I haven’t got caught yet” – however, I’ve gained significant sensibility over time and strongly oppose driving after drinking even a couple drinks – and haven’t driven while drunk in many years.

    All that being said, the driver was in a BYD, obviously he’ll be used as an example….whereas were he driving a bentley, the story wouldn’t have been seen.

  • Linette lee

    Death sentence for the driver.

    • Dr Sun

      what if the driver was your mother, your daughter or you ?

      • YourSupremeCommander

        Then death sentence for Dr Sun.

        • mr.wiener

          Nope, life…with Linette :)

          • the ace of books

            Oh, owch!

          • Dr Sun

            Damn, you really are a “hanging judge”

    • pimpinbear

      for a HK girl, you have much more in common with a mainlander then with a HK citizen…:-(

  • Dr Sun

    Just a question, do / are any of you reading stories that are sent to the site through ” Contact us” ?

  • James in China

    As horrible as this drunk driver is, understand too that in china they drive these goddamned scooters in the pitch black of night, with no lights on, wearing no protective clothing like helmets, and obey NO traffic laws…. accidents and tragedies are going to continue

    • pimpinbear

      as sick as it sounds, but years ago i found out that they do it, to save battery life! Thats some sick shit, but on the other side, i have seen more senseless shit in the last 8 years in china…

  • alien

    wow. my god……shit man. what is wrong with people? I hope they catch the driver. now the father will really suffer. and it seems that there is no end of bad driving mistakes here in China.

    Dont be mad my chinese hosts, you know what i mean.

    running from the scene after hitting someone. :(

    its a sad day for humanity again

  • pimpinbear

    how easy to blame the drunk driver, and rightful so, but its amazing that no one takes into account the possible irresponsibility of the mother driving the motorbike. Has anyone else noticed that more then half of the motorbikes in china drive without lights at night? I once asked my employees why they do that, and was surprised that according to their logic, they think that the battery will break, so they don’t turn on the lights cause they don’t like the battery to break so they are forced to buy another one:-(…thats some sick shit!

    Don’t like to defend the drunk driver and i hope he will rotten in jail, but chances are quite good that he just hit a motorbike with no lights turned on…

  • the ace of books

    Christ, I leave cSmack for a few days to go be sick as a dog, and this is what I come back to? That poor girl and mother.

    I’m glad, at least, that the comments have the right of it – they’re not blaming corruption, or any irrelated causes (the Japanese, etc), but the direct cause, which is drunken driving. Ain’t gonna soapbox here about that, only say that I’m really pleased that people are making the connection. I don’t know how things usually are, but I when I was guests with families, I often saw the DD refuse drinks, so I’mglad there’s a consciousness of that, at least, over here.

    (hate to break it to the “this wouldn’t happen in europe!” guy, though, but hit-and-runs happen everywhere in the world. Just gotta raise awareness and, you know, not drink before driving.)

  • pimpinbear

    makes my stomach sick, when people after they die they are still being reduced based on their outlook..”she was such a beautiful…”,,,what would they say about an ugly girl?…”she was such an ugly….” ???

  • jeffli

    Shoot the driver and his /her colleagues! no better still drag them on the ground at high speed till they stop living!
    I HATE drivers like this. Everyone should HATE any driver who even contemplates driving under the influence of alcohol or just leaving people they hit.

  • xiaohouzi

    More reasons why i hate cars, booze and stupid people. Nasty combination.

  • narsfweasels

    “What you guys see is the vileness of the culprit, but the regulations that forced him to do this are even more vile!!!”

    If a person sitting next to me in a bar said that, I think I would actually attempt to rip their arms off with my bare hands.

  • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

    what if the driver is a government official, hmm, how would the story turn out to be?

    • Dr Sun

      then it wouldn’t have made the news, it would have been dealt with in private,with no public scrutiny or knowledge.

  • lobro

    oh its that time of the day again…:

    FUCK SHINA

    GOD DAMNIT

  • cc

    The Chinese shouldn’t be allowed to drive sober let alone drunk, when are you going to realise there is no such thing as a “Chinese driver”.

  • BiggJ

    :(

  • crimsonarmor

    Chinese drinking culture is not funny at all. One more drink! You must finish your glass! and they all laugh seeing how he finishes his 8th bottle. Then He has the nerve to get behind the wheel and drive? The population problem will be solved soon if this part of Chinese culture doesn’t change.

  • wafflestomp

    If the driver was rich this wouldn’t be in the news (if he decided to pay for that luxury that is). The one thing the west does really well is shaming these sorts of scum by letting their names/photos be known.

  • JUDGE BAO

    DISGUSTING DRUNKERS!!! STONING THEM TO DEATH!!!!

    • Hongwu Emperor

      I liked your name, friend!

  • Jon good

    Anyone know the brand of that car? From the picture, it doesn’t seem like a foreign or expensive brand so these people driving probably are not connected or rich. Justice should be pretty straight forward.

  • EightNineBall

    Feel bad for the father/husband to lose his wife and young daughter. Such a sad waste and loss of beautiful lives. Alcohol has got to be the most dangerous drug in the world.

  • MacingFacing

    This is very sad because the young girl was coming from a study class. Trying to get her education to do better in life and just like that everything has ended. I think in this day and age we need to start being more stern with punishment. Across the globe. The elitist want to make a one world government. Well how about you make a one world law where if you kill someone you are also killed. If you rape someone you are also raped. If you still from someone you will get something stolen from you, but we all know this will not work, because the governments and higher ups are all doing the same thing these assholes did that killed this girl and her mother. Don’t worry. Justice will be served sir OH your justice will be served.

  • A Lu

    Drunk driving, again. No proper helmets either, for sure, and light off

  • Speedy_Cheese

    It is hard to see photos like these of families torn apart by one individuals selfish decisions. Something so monstrous coming from something so unnecessary. A very good family friend of mine was killed by a drunk driver a few days before Christmas 16 years ago and the absence still pains to this day. She was only 14 when her life was taken. No chance to go to school, become a part of society, get married. All because some fool was too cheap or lazy to call a cab. When will this mindlessness end?

  • fairy tale

    What a beautiful girl! R.I.P you and your mother :) I hope the father is strong.

  • Lee Tan

    you chinese people are still barbaric with your view of stoning someone .. end of story

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