Horrific fatal crash sparks debate over who's at fault

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

WARNING - DISTRESSING CONTENT: A fatal crash caught on dashcam has sparked a debate over what led to the horrific collision which claimed the life of a 70-year-old woman.

The video, which Yahoo News has elected not to show in full, shows the woman on the back of an electric scooter driven by her 68-year-old husband as they weave through traffic in a bid to cross a busy road in Shanghai, China.

The husband, identified as Wang, can be seen driving in between two stationary cars that are waiting at a red light to turn left before attempting to cross oncoming traffic.

However he failed to spot an oncoming sedan which ploughs into the scooter. Wang and his wife, named by The Paper as Zhou, are sent flying through the air as debris from their scooter is scattered across the road.

They land about 10 metres from where they were struck.

The scooter driver ignores traffic signals before he and his wife are struck by a passing car. Source: The Paper via Weibo
The scooter driver ignores traffic signals before he and his wife are struck by a passing car. Source: The Paper via Weibo

Pudong Public Security Bureau revealed Zhou was killed in the crash, while Wang suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities ruled the car driver, identified as Zhang, was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police said investigations into the crash are ongoing which has prompted debate online after the video was shared to Twitter-like site Weibo.

Car driver accused of speeding

Many users said it was evident the scooter driver was solely at fault.

"The cause of the accident is known because the electric vehicle illegally ran the red light. Why investigate?" one person wrote.

"Why should we investigate such an obvious electric vehicle running through a red light?" another said.

However others said the sedan's speed must be investigated by police.

"The speed is too fast and they fail to slow down at the intersection, they are responsible," one person said.

"The speed is so fast... other people's violations are not your excuses," another said.

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