Man Who Killed 15 People in Hunan Car Attack Executed

By Jonathan Zhong, January 30, 2019

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Yang Zanyun, the man behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a crowd in Hengyang city, Hunan province last September, was executed on Tuesday, January 29.

The execution, which was announced by the Hunan High People’s Court yesterday, comes more than a month after Yang was sentenced to death on December 12, 2018 for endangering public security.

At approximately 7.30pm on September 12, 2018, Yang, who was suffering from cancer at the time, plowed into a crowd of people with his car at Mijiang Square in Hengdong county before exiting his vehicle and attacking more people with a knife and a shovel. The attack left a total of 15 dead, as well as 43 injured.

The aftermath of the attack. Image via

According to, the incident was the seventh time that Yang has received a sentence, with his previous crimes including intentional injury, racketeering and arson, amongst others.

Police investigations indicate that Yang was not satisfied with the sentence he received for his sixth crime. This, combined with his long-term illness, planted the seeds for the brutal mass murder, with Yang reportedly saying that he wanted to “lash out on society.”

Yang was allowed some time to meet with his family before the execution was carried out.

READ MORE: 9 Dead after Car Plows into Square Dancers in Hunan

[Cover image via Hunan High People's Court/WeChat]

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