The Application of Presumption Rules
Before dawn on 2nd June 2009, there was a road traffic accident at an intersection in the Chaoyang District of Beijing—a Mercedes Benz car traveling straight ahead hit a taxi turning left which caused the taxi to hit an electricity pylon by the roadside, writing the vehicle off and causing injuries to the two passengers. Zhou, the driver of the Mercedes, left the scene after reporting the crash to the police by telephone. When police from the Chaoyang road traffic division arrived on the scene, an investigation of the scene was conducted, and a (negative) alcohol-level test on the driver of the taxi was performed. Officers repeatedly called the number that Zhou had called from, but the phone was switched off. Later that morning, police searched the address that Zhou’s car was registered to, but did not find Zhou. At around 4 p.m. that afternoon, Zhou turned himself in for questioning at the Chaoyang Traffic Department. The police immediately conducted an alcohol test, but found nothing. The case attracted a lot of public interest, because Zhou was a famous actor. For a time, the “Zhou Hit and Run” case was an internet sensation.
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