Chinese student charged over fatal US car crash 'released on US$2 million bail'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 March, 2013, 2:47pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 March, 2013, 4:21pm


A Chinese student facing charges in the United States over a fatal car accident was released from custody after his family paid US$2 million (HK$15.51 million) bail, according to reports.

Xu Yichun, 19, allegedly drove his Mercedes-Benz at high speed in residential areas of Des Moines before crashing into another car on November 10 last year. The driver of the car later died in hospital and three other passengers in it were injured, according to US reports. 

News of his release last Friday generated a flurry of interest on Chinese social media on Tuesday morning - the first day of new sessions of China’s National People’s Congress. Many were concerned that the court might not get Xu Yichun back to the US if he returns to China. There is no extradition treaty between the US and China.

A microblogger, called “Pretending in New York” and describing himself as living in the US, shared a report by on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-style site, on Tuesday morning. The report revealed more details about Xu Yichun’s background from the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao Daily.

The report by a Sing Tao Daily reporter in San Francisco said Xu Yichun was from a rich family. His father, Xu Zhaohong, was the chief executive of, a prominent mainland tax and accounting firm.

“[Some of] the second generation of China’s rich families are trouble makers in other countries,”  said “Pretending in New York” - which attracted a lot of praise from Chinese netizens.

The post generated more than 1,500 comments and re-posts in just couple of hours before it was deleted. Many Chinese netizens who shared the post blamed Xu Yichun for his carelessness and wealthy background, saying he should be jailed in the US and not return to China.

But many of their posts were deleted.

According to US media reports, Xu Yichun was allegedly driving at the speed of 70mph in local residential areas and ran through a stop sign before hitting the other car.

Xu Yichun did not have an international driving licence and had no previous experience driving in the US.