The BMW that flew past a stoplight and crashed into a Mazda sedan in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on June 20 was traveling at 195.2km/h, police said earlier this week. Both passengers in the Mazda were thrown out of the vehicle on impact and were found dead at the scene.
The victims’ car was thrown into the air, and “Its seats, tires and car battery, and their belongings, like bank cards and cash were scattered everywhere,” one witness at the scene said in a Shanghai Daily report.
A cab driver was also injured in the crash.
The driver of the BMW, 35-year-old Wang Jinjin, left his car and fled the intersection but was apprehended by police around 400 meters away from the scene of the crash. He’s now being held as police continue investigation.
The driver of the Mazda was identified as Xue Wei, 25. He had been giving a lift to his female colleague, Liu Jia.
After meeting the victims’ families, Wang’s wife offered to pay 50,000 yuan as compensation, although the offer was turned down by Xue’s family, who said it wouldn’t even be enough to cover funeral expenses.
Wang tested negative for drugs and alcohol.
“Driving so fast doesn’t sound like something Wang would do, based on his character, neither does running a red light,” one of Wang’s family members told reporters. “He had driven this BMW for years”.
Watch footage of the crash here:
by Maggie Wong