Head of Post Office drives drunk, killing 5 children
Xinhua News and Yangtze Evening News report, a tragic car accident happened at 319 National Highway, Luoyang city, Henan Province on December 5, 2010. 5 children were hit and killed by a drunk driver. The public reported that the driver was “no ordinary person”. December 6, Reporter learned from Luoning county government that the drunk driver perpetrator was the county postmaster (head of the post office) Gu Qingyang.
At 11:30 pm, December 5, postmaster Gu Qingyang was driving a black VW Passat under the influence of alcohol on highway 319 (Anhu line), going west, at about 79 km he started to drive on the opposite side of the road and struck down many pedestrians on the south side of the road. 3 middle school kids were killed instantly and 2 other teens died in the hospital after failed rescue efforts. 4 boys and 1 girl, the youngest 13 and the oldest 16, 3 of them were middle school students are 2 of were drop outs.
On the night December 5, 7 children were walking together along the side of the highway, no one could have imaged such a tragic accident.
One of the kids Li said, they were going back to school from a Internet café, going west along the highway. “Suddenly I felt a gusting wind blowing towards us, when I turned around I noticed 5 of my good friends were already struck down on the ground.” Li recalled, at the time, he saw 2 people in the car, one man and one woman. The man was driving the car. Another student told the reporter, “We were walking, when I turned around and saw a car was coming, it hit us, the driver didn’t even stop. We chased him, the car stopped, only for a little while, then he wanted to leave again. But the car broke down, so he could not escape. We asked the driver for a cell phone to call the police, but he did not give us, and threatened to beat us.”
Names of the deceased kids and age
Update from Netease:
Yesterday morning, Henan Province Public Security Bureau Traffic Police reported “Luoning county postmaster Gu Qingyang drunk driving caused 5 deaths”, Gu was arrested for endangering public safety. Reporter learned from the victims’ families that each victim will receive 230,000 yuan of compensation, currently all 5 victims’ families already signed the compensation agreement.
One of the victims’ father, Yang Xiaoming told the reporter, village government and county government officials at first offered each victim’s family 140,000 yuan as compensation. Yesterday morning, two parties agreed that each victim will receive 230,000 yuan.
December 6, the post official first gave the victims’ family each 30,000 yuan. Yesterday morning, 5 victims’ families each received 200,000 yuan cash.
Yang denied that village or county government pressured him. Village official told the families to trust the government, said, if they are not satisfied with the way the case was handled they can carry the corps in front of the government building to protest.
Some families all said, it is difficult to say they are satisfied with the amount of the compensation, “after all our children are priceless.” Villager Yang said he lost his only son, and tried to request 500,000 yuan of compensation, but authority said according to the law, compensation should only be a little over 100,000, the village already took money out to make the compensation to 230,000 yuan, it is not possible to get any more than that.
Reporter also learned from the post office staff, 41-year-old suspect Gu Qiangyang, from neighboring county Yiyang, was the head of Yiyang county post office not long ago before he was transferred to be the postmaster of Luoning county.
During the night of the accident, Gu was having dinner with couple of his female subordinates, and drank a lot of beer at dinner. After dinning, he was driving one of the women to Luoning city. According to Gu Qingyang himself, when the car arrived to an intersection, a farming vehicle appeared in front of him, in order to avoid the farming vehicle he turned the wheel left and hit the kids at the side of the road.