• Woman who hit, dragged pedestrian for 2 miles sentenced to prison

    By: Jim Morelli


    BOSTON - The driver who struck a pedestrian in Chinatown and dragged her from Chinatown to I-93 was sentenced to five to six years.

    Xiao Ying Zhou pleaded guilty this week to hitting Yue Yin Gong in Chinatown in 2016 then dragging her for more than two miles. Gong was left with debilitating injuries where she's unable to dress or bathe herself and relies on a walker. 

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    In Suffolk court Thursday, Zhou and Gong met. Gong and her husband made short impact statements through an interpreter saying, "You ruined my life" and "She really caused me lots of pain."

    Zhou apologized to Gong several times in court, asking for forgiveness.

    The state wanted a 10-12 year sentence, but the court imposed half of that.

    "I cannot find, based on everything that I know, that you knew that there was someone trapped under the vehicle," said Judge Peter Krupp. 

    The judge also noted the lifelong mental anguish that Zhou had gone through. Her attorney said Zhou grew up in China during an extremely repressive time and was subject to the one baby rule and had a child taken away from her. 

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