On Wednesday, a camera caught a driver in the Chinese city of Guangzhou plowing through pedestrians on a busy street, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others.
A video circulating online shows pedestrians crossing a busy intersection during rush hour traffic. A black SUV is seen hitting several people before crashing into a road fence and driving away.
BBC News reports that police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the incident and have launched an investigation. His identity has not been released.
Some eyewitnesses at the scene believed the act was deliberate. One of them told local newspaper Hong Xin News that the driver “rammed the car inside [the pedestrians] maliciously. After that, he turned around and hit people again.”
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Another video circulating on Chinese social media shows the driver throwing a handful of cash out the window shortly before exiting his car.
Condolences to the victims flooded the Chinese version of Twitter and Weibo. Users thought the victims might be a delivery guy trying to make a living, or a “dad who wants to go home and have dinner with [his] children.”
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A similar incident occurred in February 2022, when a person drove a small cart into a crowd of people in the Chinese province of Fujian, killing three people and injuring nine.