Footage showing a man violently beating a female driver triggered outrage after being uploaded online two days ago. While the male driver, surnamed Zhang, made it clear in reports that it was the woman’s abrupt lane-changing that set him off, the original video from the dash cam of another car only captured what happened as soon as the cars stopped.
Now, footage from the dashboard camera of Zhang’s car has been uploaded online and reveals the events leading up to the brutal beating.
The three-minute long video shows the female driver, surnamed Lu, suddenly crossing lanes in front of the man’s red Volkswagen. After blasting his horn, Zhang follows Lu’s car and angrily shouts at her through his window.
The two cars continue down the road when Lu, driving a red Hyundai sedan, attempts to cross Zhang’s lane again, further upsetting Zhang. The man rolls down his window and shouts loudly at Lu, alarming his child in the back seat.
After Zhang and Lu exchange angry remarks at each other from the windows of their cars, both vehicles come to a stop near the Jiaozi Overpass on Chengdu’s Third Ring Road, where Zhang proceeded to drag Lu from the driver’s seat and viciously kick her.
During the beating, Zhang’s wife attempts to calm their child and tells him to “look away”. Lu suffered a concussion and bone fractures while Zhang was arrested.
Watch the view from the man’s dash cam here.
By Sharon Choi