A female driver, who was beaten savagely by a young man in retaliation for a dangerous lane change, made a public apology on Monday, stirring public reflections on China's road etiquettes.
In the apology letter publicized by a newspaper, the woman, Lu Qin, said she apologizes for her reckless and irrational driving. "I am aware of my mistakes and would like to accept any punishment regarding my violations of the driving regulation."
"I should not race in the car and I promise to abandon my bad driving habits," Lu said.
The video above shows the man, surnamed Zhang, forcing Lu to pull over beneath an overpass, dragging her out of a red Hyundai before punching and kicking her in the face repeatedly.
Zhang was forced to a sudden stop by Lu, who changed two lanes abruptly at a side road exit. The next few minutes reveal a tit-for-tat race between the two drivers trying to overtake one another.
At one point, Lu braked suddenly in front of Zhang, forcing him to narrowly miss a cyclist.
Zhang, who is now in custody, told the police the woman's abrupt lane change forced him to brake suddenly and frightened his one-year-old child in the back seat.
Lu is in the hospital suffering from broken ribs, a concussion and heavy bruises.
While many believe there is no winner in the incident, Lu's apology has triggered reflections on China's road etiquette.