The driver who made headlines earlier this year after knocking over a Shanghai traffic cop with his SUV and dragging him to death stood trial for the first today, claiming that he did not intentionally harm the officer, xinmin.cn reports.
The incident occurred in Shanghai’s Minhang district on March 11 when officer Mao Shengquan, 32, had attempted to stop driver Sun Haojie as he was taking a left at the wrong lane. When Mao approached the car and reached through the window, Sun suddenly accelerated, and the officer was dragged for a few meters until he landed on the ground.
Sun drove off from the scene and stopped after about 100 meters to turn himself in. To add to the tragedy of it all, officer Mao’s wife was pregnant and due to give birth in a month.
Sun claims that he “stepped on the gas pedal too heavily” and didn’t realize the cop was being dragged behind his vehicle. He was charged for intentional injury, and the court will decide whether or not the man’s accelerating was indeed accidental.
Similar cases have emerged in the wake of the incident, which gained nationwide attention. Just a couple of months later, a driver in Hunan knocked over a cop and dragged him along the road for 80 meters, seriously injuring him. The man blamed his reckless driving on a “bad day”.