New bid to trace ex-Hatfield student wanted in death crash case

PUBLISHED: 10:55 28 February 2011 | UPDATED: 10:25 02 March 2011

Wei Liu

Wei Liu

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A FRESH appeal has been launched to trace a former Hatfield student wanted in connection with a fatal road crash – on the seventh anniversary of the accident.

A red Toyota Carina carrying five people crashed into a roundabout on the A1 at Stirling Corner, Borehamwood, at 1.20am on February 28, 2004.

Passenger Ye Cao, 19, was killed instantly in the accident.

Driver Wei Liu, who was a student at the University of Hertfordshire, was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Now 26, he was initially remanded and given conditional bail by the courts.

However, he failed to appear for the case to be heard and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Hatfield neighbourhood sergeant Malcolm Dey, who dealt with the crash, said: “It’s the seventh anniversary of the horrific collision that occurred on February 28, 2004.

“Liu and his four passengers are believed to have been out in China Town and were heading back to Hatfield.

“The impact of the crash was so severe that Ye Cao, who was in the back seat, died instantly.

“His family have lost a son and want answers. Although they are still quite understandably shaken up by the collision which took their son’s life, they are trying to move on with their lives but would like to see Liu in court.”

Liu, originally from China, was studying business and technology at the Hatfield uni but left the course shortly after the accident.

Sgt Dey added: “We hope that a renewed appeal on the anniversary of Ye’s death may prompt someone to tell us where Liu is.

“It may be that he is abroad or back in China – either way we need to trace him to find out what happened that night.”

If you know of Liu’s whereabouts, call police on 0845 33 00 222.


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