The couple abandoned this Santana 300m away from where they buried the elderly woman.
A young Chinese couple has been arrested by local police in Liupanshui, Guizhou for knocking over a 68-year-old woman in Yuyao, Zhejiang with their car, and then burying her alive when they thought she was dead. An eye-witness says he saw the couple get out of their Santana to help the old woman lying on the ground, saying they would send her immediately to hospital. Worried about the penalties for drunken driving, the 25-year-olds may have decided to bury the woman when they thought she was no longer breathing on their way to the hospital. The story from China Daily’s Zhou Wenting:
“It’s certain the woman was not dead when buried,” a publicity officer from Yuyao public security bureau, who only gave his surname Zhou, told China Daily on Wednesday.
“Legal medical experts detected particles identical to those in the surrounding soil in her lungs, which indicates she was still breathing,” he said.
But police have not formed a definite conclusion on the case, according to Zhou.
“Preliminary judgment of the cause of death is brain injury by the impact from the car and asphyxia,” he said.
Police in Yuyao, Zhejiang province, received a report from construction workers about a car without license plates abandoned in a remote construction site on May 1. Officers found cracks on the windshield of the car.
Police received another report the next day from the same people that a body was buried in the mud nearby. They later found the corpse of an elderly woman 300 meters from where the car had been discarded.