Chinese Toddler Run Over
October 18, 2011 by staff
Chinese Toddler Run Over, Gruesome images of a child victim of the fall of two consecutive hit and run accident and after being ignored by many bystanders at the scene last week in southern China continued to galvanize the nation Monday that prompted an intense debate on the state of morality in Chinese society.
A security camera caught the terrible incident last Thursday in front of a hardware market in Foshan, Guangdong province. Two-year-old Wang Yue was seen stumbling around in the middle of a narrow street and looked around, ignoring a white van is fast approaching.
The disturbing video shows the van hitting the girl. The driver stops briefly with the girl under the truck, before continuing, slowly rolling her rear tires on her little body. The girl lets just move on their own blood as several pedestrians and cyclists pass.
Minutes later, another truck further small units without slowing Wang, the video shows. More passersby walk, bike or drive around your body motionless, without stopping – until a woman carrying a sack appeared 10 minutes after the initial collision. Dropping the bag, which quickly moved the girl to safety and went to seek help.
Wang remained in critical condition Monday afternoon at a military hospital in the nearby city of Guangzhou, her father told CNN.
“I’m still very worried,” said Wang Chichang, which has a hardware store in the market of Foshan, while waiting for medical updates.
At the time of the accident, Wang was busy tending his shop while his wife was hanging clothes, and did not notice that her daughter had wandered off, state media said.
“I feel helpless and angry,” said the father. “If a passerby stopped to help before, all this had not been so tragic.”
Police have captured and arrested the two drivers, state media said. Wang’s father, told CNN that the van driver had called before offering money to the family, but refused to indulge in.
The heroine in the video turned out to be a scavenger of 58 years old, named Chen Xianmei.
“The blood came from her nose and mouth,” Chen told local reporters. “I do not understand why nobody else had taken from the street.”
In the video posted online emotional, crying girl’s mother bends over her hands and knees, her forehead resting on the floor at the foot of Chen – a symbol of extreme deference to show their deep appreciation of the family savior of her daughter. The mother is inconsolable, and bring her loved ones – her limp body like a rag doll – in the scene.
The grainy images of the accident spread on the Internet in China a few minutes of their publication. On Monday afternoon, had become the most watched issue Sina Weibo, Chinese equivalent of Twitter, with over 4 million tweets discuss the video.
“This kind of news sends chills down my spine every time,” wrote a user named “greedy silence.” “Once they believed in a world full of love and were taught by the government in maintaining high moral standards – but the cold reality just keeps ignoring our faith.”
Echoing that sentiment, Wang’s father said her tragedy is much more than personal.
“If our society continues to be so, if my child will not be the last,” he said.
While the Internet turned their anger against the indifferent bystanders and leakage lamented morality in society, many also see a ray of hope through the action of Chen.
“The treasure probably never imagined that she was really” richer “than many of us,” user “-Stephen Van” he said in Weibo. “She follows her conscience, which many of us have lost.”
In recent years, helping victims of traffic accidents or other emergencies has become controversial in China. In an attempt to cover expensive medical costs, several elderly, injured in accidents that were their own fault, turned against the people who helped them in the place of the good Samaritans to sue for damages, according to state media.
Despite the potential problems and some criticism that was in search of fame, Chen seemed unperturbed.
“I do not think of anything at once,” he told the local press. “I just wanted to save the girl.”
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