The driver of a BMW that flew past a stoplight at nearly 200km/h and crashed into a Mazda sedan, killing two people, was diagnosed as having “acute and transient psychotic disorder”, an assessment that has been protested by victims’ relatives and mocked by web users.
Horrific footage of the crash in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on June 20 went viral online and the 35-year-old suspect, Wang Jilin, was detained after attempting to flee the scene.
Notably, white powder was found in the suspect’s car, but police ruled out that he’d been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, saying that it was only corn flour.
According to an official government statement released on Sunday, the Nanjing Brain Hospital on August 31 had instead confirmed that the man was experiencing acute and transient psychotic mental disorder when the accident occurred, meaning that his punishment will be severely less harsh.
Family members of the victims told reporters that they will not accept the diagnosis, questioning how doctors could effectively determine Wang’s state of mind on the day of the accident.
Online, web users ridiculed the results of the examination as well, according to Quartz:
They are chiefly upset over the fact that the diagnosis, according to the psychiatric hospital, “limits the ability to attribute blame” to Wang. It doesn’t help that the hospital cited as evidence completely subjective accounts like, “once in the car Wang suddenly felt he was in a dream” and “felt he had to get away.”
Now the internet is making a mockery of the diagnosis. The most common form criticism has taken is the meme, “Don’t mess with me, I have acute and transient psychotic disorders,” sometimes with emoji.
[…] Some also doubt the soundness of the psychiatry. “Is the meaning of this disorder not just being absent-minded?” asked one Weibo user.
Wang’s family paid each of the victims’ parents 500,000 yuan in compensation. The families of the deceased now plan on filing both criminal and civil lawsuits, according to the Global Times.