Chinese student killed in high-speed crash 'while drag racing' in Australia

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 January, 2015, 11:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 January, 2015, 8:58pm

A Chinese student was killed after his car smashed against a guardrail during an apparent early-morning drag race in Australia.

The 21-year-old foreign student was believed to be driving at 100km/h with at least two other cars before crashing near an overpass barrier at around 5.30am on Sunday, according to local reports.

The wreckage of a white sports car, its front crumpled, was cordoned off by police at Miles Platting Road, in Queensland state’s Eight Mile Plains area.

The student died at the scene. He was the sole occupant of the car, The Brisbane Times reported today.

“A 21-year-old gentleman has lost his life, again in what would appear to be a senseless act on our roads,” Ian Cameron, of the Queensland police department, told local television station 9 News.

MAP: Miles Platting Road in Australia - the scene of the crash

Police were trying to get in touch with the victim’s family in China, the TV report said.

Witnesses told police they heard a loud bang in the early hours. Other eyewitnesses reported seeing three cars drag-racing on the road.

Footage from 9 News showed two young Asian men said to be the victim's friends - one who drove off in a red sports car - speaking to police. However, they would not talk to the press about their possible involvement.

The television report said the fatal crash was the 13th case on Queensland roads this year.

Street racing is illegal in Australia and for this reason several states impose limits on modifications to cars.

Street racers could face up to three years in prison and a one-year suspension of their driver’s licence in the first offence.

They face five years in jail and a three-year driving ban for repeated offences or when the driver knowingly races during extremely risky conditions such as when there is poor visibility.