Chinese official detained after allegedly killed 2 people

Chinese official detained after allegedly killed 2 people

A man who allegedly struck and killed a woman and her granddaughter while driving has been detained and removed from his job with the county government, the local authority said.

According to police, Shi Xinhui, 30, drove a car with a fake license and struck a woman and her young granddaughter at about 8 pm on Sunday when they walked on a street in Gucheng county, Hengshui, Hebei province. The victims were found dead later that night.

Shi hit and run and finally abandoned his car after another car chased him, police said.

On Monday, Shi's father-in-law confessed to the hit-and-run with the local public security bureau, but investigation revealed Shi as the driver, according to an announcement from the local government on Thursday.

Shi confessed to the crime and has since been removed from his duty as the chief of the Gucheng county committee of the China Communist Youth League, waiting further investigation and sentencing.

Since the incident, many of Shi's colleagues have begun questioning his standing as the head of the local Youth League committee at only 30 years old.

Liu Xinying, the deputy head of the organizing department of the county, which is in charge of the civil servant position, said there are two profiles of Shi kept in the department. One said he worked in 1996 when he was only 13 years old and the other said he started to work in 2002.

But no matter which is real, his quick promotion did not match his working performance, said county officials.

"He worked for years but did not make any outstanding achievements," said Wang Xilu, the head of the county's international publicity department, adding that many other people with excellent performances have achieved the senior position after 20 years.

Many other civil servants working in the county government agreed with Wang, saying Shi's promotion is directly linked to his father's leading status.

His father, Shi Lichao, has been the deputy county head since 2006. He has not yet given comment on the case.

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