Surveillance video has captured the terrifying moment a BMW driving at “lightning speed” crashed into a Mazda sedan last Saturday in Nanjing, smashing the vehicle into pieces. Both passengers in the Mazda were thrown out of the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to ET Today, the BMW was going at least 150 kilometers per hour when it ran a stop light and struck the oncoming Mazda at the intersection of Shiyang Road and Youyihe Road in Qinhuai District. Pieces of the completely destroyed Mazda flew for several meters, hitting a public bus and a taxi.
“I just felt a gush of wind and a strong vibration at the left-hand side of my car,” a witness surnamed Zhao said. “Then I heard a loud noise and saw a car thrown into the air.”
The 35-year-old BMW driver, who abandoned his car immediately after the accident, was arrested some 300 to 400 meters away from the scene, his face covered in blood.
After the video and photos went viral online, rumors that the BMW owner was driving under the influence began to circulate, as white powder was found on his car. Some even suspected that the arrested man was merely a scapegoat.
Police confirmed that the driver tested negative for drugs and alcohol and released DNA tests showing that the suspect’s blood type was identical to samples found in the BMW.
The arrested man has been detained as police investigate the situation.
Watch the footage here:
[Images via Sina News & Shanghai Online]
By Joyce Ng