The driver of a BMW SUV who knocked down and killed a Shanghai traffic cop on 11 March says he didn’t realize he had committed a traffic offence and thought the officer was picking on him, investigators have revealed.
On Wednesday evening, officer Mao Shengquan had tried to stop the driver as he prepared to take a left turn from the wrong lane at an intersection in Shanghai’s Minhang district. As he approached the car and reached into the window to instruct the driver to move out of the lane, the driver stepped on the accelerator. Mao was thrown into the air, landing heavily on the ground. He later died from his injuries.
According to the Shanghai Morning Post, Sun Jian, chief investigator of the serious crimes unit at Minxing police bureau said that the driver had been arrested for causing intentional injury. “He made two serious mistakes. First, turning left from a straight moving lane. Secondly, he disobeyed a police order,” he was quoted as saying.
The BMW driver, who at first fled the scene, stopped after about 100 meters and turned himself in. Sun Jian said that the suspect “did not realise he had violated traffic regulations. He thought he had the right to turn left. He only admitted he stepped on the gas pedal too heavily.”
Officer Mao’s wife is pregnant and due to deliver next month.
View our original coverage of the incident including dashcam footage here.
By Dominic Jackson