An unidentified 24-year-old was killed on Monday after crashing his white Jaguar F-type into a tree during a road-race in Kunming, Yunnan province. The driver crashed while swerving through busy daytime traffic and racing another car; police are investigating whether the Jaguar was speeding at the time, or just driving recklessly.
South China Morning Post reports on the crash and, perhaps predictable, online backlash:
The sports car swerved to avoid another vehicle ahead and drove off the road, crashing into a tree and then a telegraph pole. The driver was thrown from his seat due to the force of the impact and died instantly, the report said. […]
The spokesperson said further investigation was underway to confirm if the car had been speeding. The driver from Shandong province hadn’t fastened his seat belt but isn’t known to have committed any other crime. The police department declined to reveal his identity. […]
Most online commentators were unsympathetic. One from Heilongjiang, Liaoning province, wrote, “He asked for it. If it wasn’t him, an innocent person might have died. Also, is the police department able to handle these racers? These people all share the some sort of background.”
The F-type costs between one and 1.9 million yuan.
[Image via SCMP]