Beijing police detain 2 over drag-racing supercar smashup

AP News
Posted: Apr 13, 2015 8:23 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing police have arrested two drivers whose supercars collided during a late-night drag race, in the latest scandal to strike the much-reviled offspring of China's newly rich.

The arrests for dangerous driving followed the crash Saturday night of a Lamborghini driven by a 21-year-old driver identified as Tang, and a Ferrari driven by a man identified as 20-year-old Yu.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday the two were roaring through a downtown tunnel at more than 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour) when they touched, causing one to careen into the wall. Xinhua said both cars were heavily damaged and one of the drivers was injured.

Pictures of the incident showed the Lamborghini almost completely destroyed, with only the driver's cockpit still intact. The Ferrari appeared to suffer less but still serious damage.

The children of China's millionaires and billionaires are frequent targets of online mockery for their perceived arrogance and profligacy. Although envied for their wealth, they are widely seen as products of a corrupt system who flaunt their status and use their family connections to escape responsibility for their actions.

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Public outrage has at times been credited with prompting public apologies from those involved and stiffer punishments, particularly in cases where ordinary citizens were struck and killed by wealthy youngsters in expensive cars.

Writing on the popular Sina Weibo microblogging service, a commentator using the name "Lolita's Uncle" said: "Check who their fathers are. If they're businessmen, check their accounts. If they're officials, check their corruption and bribes."

Another writer, "Sinophobic," was more succinct. "Drug racing huh. It's a pity they weren't killed."