okt 222012

As a Chinese court prepares to expose the alleged crimes of former Communist Party highflier Bo Xilai, censors and security officials have been trying to bury a separate scandal that has emboldened critics of President Hu Jintao and could complicate efforts to restore the party’s tarnished image.

Details are emerging about the fatal crash in Beijing of a Ferrari driven by the son of a Communist Party official. The WSJ’s Jeremy Page reports on how the accident could shed light on another scandal the Communist Party is facing today. Photo: Beijing Evening News

Just three days after Mr. Bo was fired as party chief of Chongqing in March, the 23-year-old son of President Hu’s closest confidant crashed a black Ferrari at 4 a.m. on a snow-slickened Beijing ring road.

Ling Gu died on the spot, according to party insiders, Chinese reporters and others whose accounts offer new insights into the hushed-up incident. Two ethnic Tibetan women squeezed into the vehicle were badly hurt, and one later died. Deadly Ferrari Crash Puts New Focus on China Leaders – WSJ.com.