Cameras capture 2 year old Yueyue right before the tragedy occurs
In what can only be described as sickening and shocking, a video has hit the net showing a toddler in China get run over by a vehicle.
While that's obviously a tragedy in itself, the lack of attention the little girl received after the accident has spurned public outrage worldwide.
The girl, identified by her parents as Yueyue, was knocked down by a van about 5:30pm last Thursday, when walking alone in a hardware wholesaling market in the city of Foshan. The car driver stopped for a while after the front wheel rolled over the girl. But he sped away soon and the rear wheel crushed her again.
A witness walked around the girl lying on the narrow street without stopping, the surveillance camera showed. Then a biker and a pedestrian passed her but ignored the girl struggling in a pool of blood.
A second van driver, who didn't see the girl, crushed her again and fled the scene. After the second hit, Yueyue became motionless.
Over the ensuing five minutes, 15 people passed her and each of them just took a look. None stopped to lend a hand.
Then finally, about seven minutes after the girl was hit by the first van, a trash collector came to her aid. She rushed to help her sit up but Yueyue was paralyzed. So the woman moved her from the middle of the street to the side. She yelled for help and Yueyue's mother came and held her daughter in her arms.
Yueyue was rushed to the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, where she remained in the intensive care unit until she died Monday afternoon.
"She couldn't breathe on her own," said Wen Qiang, deputy director of the ICU department.
The drivers of the two vans that ran over the toddler were reportedly in police custody Monday.
The incident is the latest example of passers-by acting indifferently to victims injured in crimes. In this case, some blamed the parents for letting the girl walk on the street alone. More criticized the phenomenon of people passing by without helping, caused at least in part by previous extortion attempts from the injured and their families who have sometimes tried to blame the person helping.
The notorious "Nanjing Peng Yu" incident is fresh in people's minds even after five years. In 2006, in Nanjing City in east China, a young man named Peng Yu who had just gotten off a bus went to aid a 65-year-old woman who was knocked down by a fellow passenger. The woman eventually sued Peng, claiming he was the one who knocked her down.
In September, an 88-year-old man lay helpless on a crowded avenue in Wuhan City in central China for about 90 minutes before someone took him to the hospital. The old man died from a nosebleed that blocked his airway, suffocating him.Source
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