Things can turn drastically horrible when pedestrians are accidentally hit by motorists in China.
In 2011, a disturbing viral video emerged from Foshan, Guangdong, of a 2-year-old girl nicknamed Yue Yue being run over by two vehicles. Neither the drivers nor the 18 pedestrians and cyclists who passed by stopped to help.
Although Yue Yue was eventually rescued by a road sweeper, she still succumbed to her injuries.
Slate recounted an incident that happened in April 2015, also in Foshan, Guangdong, where a 2-year-old girl was hit by a BMW that came hurtling through a fruit market.
The girl’s grandmother yelled: “Stop! You’ve hit a child!”
The unlicensed driver of the BMW stopped for a moment before shifting to reverse gear to smash the girl to death, not once, but thrice.
Without remorse nor an ounce of guilt, the female driver got out of the car and said: “Don’t say that I was driving the car. Say it was my husband. We can give you money.”
When the case was brought to court, the woman asserted it was an accident—she was only sentenced to two to four years in prison.
And in 2008, CCTV footage showed a white Volkswagen Passat propelling backward at high speed to crush a 64-year-old grandmother. The driver, Zhao Xiao Cheng, repeatedly drove back and forth over the elderly lady, which threw her up onto the pavement, where she was rolled over at least five times.