The man, Zuo, had an epileptic seizure while driving and killed four people in the collision. Google Translator explained, “Without any premonition, the car suddenly veered to the opposite lane and hit pedestrians under a bridge, claiming four lives and injuring another eight.”
Zuo was diagnosed with epilepsy at least two years before the accident, but he failed to report his condition to the traffic administration. According to Chinese law, those with epilepsy, vertigo, hysteria, mental disorder, or Alzheimer’s are banned from driving. Furthermore, those who deliberately conceal their illnesses will be punished for causing a traffic accident.
Zuo has lodged an appeal.
I am not an attorney, and I do not know the laws of China, but I am curious what you think. Should Zuo be jailed for life? He did not intentionally kill the other people, but he did intentionally hide his condition from the authorities. If there were no law requiring people to report their condition, should Zuo still be sentenced to life in prison for accidentally killing the people? Would your opinion change if you loved one of the people who was killed?