Couple buried woman alive after car accident
A young couple believed to have buried an elderly woman alive after knocking her down last month while drunken driving have been placed in criminal detention.
"It's certain the woman was not dead when buried," a publicity officer from Yuyao public security bureau, who only gave his surname Zhou, told China Daily on Wednesday.
"Legal medical experts detected particles identical to those in the surrounding soil in her lungs, which indicates she was still breathing," he said.
But police have not formed a definite conclusion on the case, according to Zhou.
"Preliminary judgment of the cause of death is brain injury by the impact from the car and asphyxia," he said.
Police in Yuyao, Zhejiang province, received a report from construction workers about a car without license plates abandoned in a remote construction site on May 1. Officers found cracks on the windshield of the car.
Police received another report the next day from the same people that a body was buried in the mud nearby. They later found the corpse of an elderly woman 300 meters from where the car had been discarded.
Judging from the windshield and a bloodstain on the backseat of the car, as well as marks on the body, the police believe the woman might have been buried after being hit by the car on the morning of April 30.
Source: China Daily/ANN
Published May 24 2012