Drivers fight over parking space, one dead
An argument over a parking space earlier this week in the Chengdu suburb of Xindu ended with one dead.
The incident occured Tuesday afternoon outside a kindergarten in the Xindu District 's Banzhu Garden.
While waiting for school to let out, the driver of a new-model black SUV faced off with a van. Neither party was willing to yield, so the driver of the van eventually got out of the vehicle to talk to the other driver.
According to eyewitnesses, a physical fight broke out, and then, a short time later, the driver of the SUV drove into the other driver, knocking him down and killing him immediately.
The neighborhood is shaken up as a result of the incident.
"When it happened, my legs went totally soft," said a woman surnamed Zhang who had been playing majiang near the scene of the crime when it happened. She said that around 5 p.m. she heard an argument break out and went over to see what was going on. She saw that the SUV was parked in the way of the silver van. The van driver called out, "Let me through." After arguing outside of the vehicles for some time, two men stepped out of the SUV clutching small hammers of about 10 cm in length, clearly intending to threaten the driver of the van. By then the van driver looked pale and suddenly fell to the ground. The men from the SUV turned to get back into their vehicle, and, at that moment, the van driver stood up and ran after them. The driver of the SUV stepped on the gas, with his vehicle aimed directly at the van driver.
According to witnesses, the van driver was a Le Shan native in his 40s who was working in Chengdu. His van was registered by a local concrete company. His 3-year-old child attends the kindergarten where the incident occured.
Police are now investigating the matter.
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