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The Case of the 'Crazy BMW Driver'
Hong Yang
12/30/2003



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The case of the “crazy BMW driver” who allegedly intentionally killed a rural woman with her car and the subsequent light sentence she received has made many angry in China.

Pictures posted on the internet reveal that on October 16, Su Xiuwen, a family member of a high ranking official, hit Liu Zhongxia, a rural woman selling vegetables, with her black BMW in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province.

Apparently Su accused Liu of scratching her rearview mirror. A heated argument ensued over the incident, until Su said, “Believe it or not, I am not afraid to hit you.” Then, in front of a crowd of people in broad daylight, Su got back in her car and drove towards the crowd killing Liu and injuring 12 bystanders. She then left the scene of the crime with the other women in the car. Pictures were taken on the spot and posted on the Internet.

Regarding this incident, on October 18, police detained Su Xiuwen for a traffic violation and issued a statement stating that Su was absent-minded while driving and was totally at fault. The case was transferred to Daoli District in Harbin City where she was ordered to pay 21,505 yuan to Lui’s family and was sentenced to two years in prison with a third year commuted.

Later however, the police issued a statement that Su did not hit the people on purpose, and since she was unable to sleep in the prison, she was released and given medical treatment.
Su is the daughter-in-law of Han Guizhi, an alternate Member of the 15th Communist Party Central Committee, President of the Party School of Heilongjiang Provincial CPC, Vice Secretary of Heilongjiang Provincial Committee, Chairman of the Provincial Political Consultative Conference and Secretary of Party Leadership Group.

China’s Internet users are infuriated by the “crazy BMW driver” case, distributing pictures of the scene with comments on many Chinese BBS’s and websites. However, for the past several days, Chinese Internet police have been deleting most of the postings. Some Internet users urged them not to delete the posting, with one resident from Liaoning pleading that the truth must remain “for the dignity of human beings.”

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