The recent cases of elderly people fallen over in street unassisted, or people who step forward to help those elderly people were in turn accused of pushing the elderly to fall have made the Chinese public wonder why people become so apathy and why one needs to hesitate to offer help when in a critical situation. While the discussion is still going on, another stunning news of public apathy has made some people “lost their faith in human nature.” On 15th this month, a two-year-old girl in Foshan city was ran over by two cars. 18 people passed by but nobody stopped to help until a lady who collects trash on the street called for help.
Translation of the video (from 0:33- 2:40):
As the surveillance video shows, around 5:25 pm, Yueyue (悦悦), the 2 year old, appeared from the lower right corner while a white van came in the opposite direction. The van was driving slowly but suddenly speeded up and ran right into Yueyue. The van ran over her body, but the driver didn’t get off the car, instead he stepped on the gas and ran away. The rear wheel again ran over Yueyue’s body. A witness who saw the whole accident walked by Yueyue’s body indifferently. He didn’t even cast a glance at her. Following him, two more pedestrians walked by and saw yueyue lying on the ground struggling in pain, but all turned a blind eye. Then a pickup truck appeared. The driver didn’t notice Yueyue and ran over her body once again! In the following ten minutes, 10 more pedestrians walked by her body, but all of them just looked at her and nobody stopped to help, not even making a called to the police. Yueyue was still struggling in the beginning, and later became still. Around 5:31pm, and old lady who collects trash in the street appeared. She seemed to notice Yueyue as she came up to Yueyue and tried to lift her up. But Yueyue was as weak as noodle. The elderly lady then moved Yueyue to the side of the street where it was more safe and then called for help. Yueyue’s mother, who was in the vicinity, rushed to Yueyue and held her up. From Yueyue was ran over till her mother found her, 19 people passed by and only the elder trash collector was not as cold-blooded. If the first 3 people who saw Yueyue after she was ran over by the first car extended a helping hand, she could have avoided being run over by the second car.
Now Yueyue is still lying in the ICU in a coma. The second driver was arrested soon. But because of the first white van’s plate number can’t be read in the video, the police have called upon witness for help. After the video was shown and the news appeared in media, the first driver called Yueyue’s father saying that he would not turn in himself, but he would agree to give the parent some money.
The elderly trash collector Chen Yianmei who saved the 2-year girl Yueyue. When speaking of how the little girl was like when she noticed her, the old lady cried.
First accident driver:
If you hit a person, you would ran away too, I’m willing to compensate some money, but I will not turn myself in.
Later a young man who claimed to be the accident driver called the news reporter. However, some of his remarks have made the public even more furious with many accusing him of being a ruthless ‘animal’. Here’s the translation of part of the dialogue.
Reporter(R): Are you the one who ran over Yueyue?
Accident driver (A): I didn’t want that happen either. I’m just a driver.
R: Why did you call her father?
A: When the accident happened, I was on the phone.
R: Why didn’t you stop after running into something? Did you know you had hit somebody?
A: I knew I’ve run into a person. I was scared. If you hit somebody, you would ran away too.
R: Don’t you have any conscience? Why didn’t you save her?
A: I was too scared. I am just a driver.
R: How many years have you been driving? Don’t you know hit-and-run is a very severe crime?
A: I’ve been driving for 2 years. Who never makes a mistake? As you can see, that kid walked and looked around. If she walked more carefully, how would I run into her?
R: Was there any heavy goods on the truck?
A: Yes, that’s why I stepped on the gas.
R: Now how do you like to deal with this accident?
A: I want to offer them some money. But I don’t want to show up.
Later reporter called the accident driver again:
R: Do you want to turn yourself in now?
A: No. I’ve asked my friend to send my wife and kids over here from Guangxi. I’ll find a job in the construction site where no one knows me.
R: You want to hide yourself for the rest of your life?
A: I’m scared. I didn’t mean to (run over the girl.) Everybody makes mistake. I have a wife and a 14 year-old kid. Without me, they can’t survive.
R: One should be responsible for his own fault. You have kid too, don’t you know how Yueyue’s parent feel?
A: so what?
R: How is your feeling now?
R :At this point, you still laugh?
A: It’s a bitter smile. You have no idea how much pressure I’m under now. One word-‘scared’. I would hide until I couldn’t anymore. I know sometime it take more than a few decades to catch a murder. I’m over 30 year-old now. In 30 years, I might have died. This whole thing would have been forgotten. I know how to deal with the cops. I would shy away from the big cities, just stay in the suburbs and don’t make big money.
R: Seeing your kid, wouldn’t that remind you of the little girl you ran over?
A: Why should I? She isn’t even my kid.
R : How would you like to compensate the losses of Yueyue’s family?
A: I also have losses myself. I didn’t get my salary. I told my boss there was some emergency in my family and just quit the job.
On 17th, The first accident driver was arrested too.
October 21, at 12:32 am, Yueyue had passed away in the hospital. she once lived in this world, let us remember her name. Wang Yue, rest in peace.