Five pedestrians were hit and killed by vehicles in Beijing on Sunday morning in a case of reckless driving that was triggered when a sport utility vehicle tried to cut off another car.
Two drivers were also arrested in the incident, which occurred at around 6:20 a.m. in Chengguan, Fengshan district. The two cars involved were identified as a white SUV and a Toyota sedan, both which were traveling in the same direction on separate lanes.
According to Sina News:
When the SUV wanted to cut the Toyota, the car swerved to the right and hit several pedestrians. The car was then driven into a trench and knocked down a tree, according to witnesses, The Beijing News reported.
The SUV also hit a bus stop and a man. The driver later fled.
The tragedy has prompted further debate over road rage in the country after a series of cases such as this have left netizens calling for stricter rules and greater punishment for reckless drivers.
In May, a video of a Chengdu driver pulling a woman out of her car and violently beating her went viral online.
Dash cam footage from the male driver’s car showed the woman swerving between lanes multiple times before the attack occurred.