Couple held after woman hit, buried alive

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A young couple has been detained by police in Yuyao in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, accused of burying a woman alive after accidentally knocking her down on a highway when driving drunk, the Southeast Business Daily reported.

The car abandoned by the couple was found two days later by construction workers. [ Photo/ ]

According to the police, the incident occurred on a highway in Yuyao about 5am on April 30 when the couple drove their black Santana sedan at high speed and knocked down the 68-year-old woman. A waiter at a nearby hotel who witnessed the accident told police he saw the woman lying badly bloodied on the ground, and that a man and a woman got out of their car, the newspaper said.

"They helped the old woman to the car and told me that they are sending her to a nearby hospital," the waiter said.

But instead of heading to a hospital, the couple drove to a suburban area with the injured woman in their car, still alive, police said. The man surnamed Tao, 25, a Shaanxi Province native, along with his new girlfriend, also 25 and surnamed Chen, buried the injured woman at a remote construction site, police said.

Tao told the police that he and the woman drank throughout the night until 5 in the morning at a KTV before they drove off and hit the woman. Tao said he decided to bury her instead of sending her to a hospital because he feared being held responsible for the accident caused by drunk driving, the newspaper said.

The couple abandoned their car at the construction site. The car was found two days later by construction workers, who alerted the police as they saw that the car was damaged, the newspaper said.

On May 2, construction workers were shocked to discover the buried body of the old woman. Forensic tests showed she died of asphyxiation, the newspaper said.

The couple was caught by police on May 9, police announced on Tuesday.

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