EXPIRED: 10/21/11 – Wang Yue, 2, also known as Yue Yue, lived on a narrow market street in the Chinese city of Foshan in Guangdong province. On October 13, while her mother was hanging the washing, Yue Yue wandered outside her home and into the street. There she was hit by a delivery van moving at a slow rate of speed.
The driver stopped – or paused actually – and then continued on, crushing her body again with his back tires. Immediately thereafter, a small truck ran over her body.
He didn’t stop either.
But Yue Yue was still alive and was moving her arms and crying.
Most shockingly, the injured child was ignored by 18 people as she lay on the street. Eighteen people had better things to do – deliver products to a store, go shopping, whatever – than assist this little girl. Some paused before moving on. She was eventually moved to the side of the road by a an old woman scavenging thru the trash.
And it was all caught on surveillance camera.
Yue Yue’s parents Wang Chichang and Qu Feifei chose not to blame anyone else for their daughter’s death, but the drivers of both vehicles were detained by police.
Yue Yue’s plight is indicative of Chinese apathy – of a moral numbness seeping through Chinese society. Some blame a past series of incidents in which people who stopped to help elderly strangers who had fallen found themselves accused of wrongdoing and ordered to pay compensation.
Either way, China’s citizens are ashamed. And they should be. Maybe the toddler couldn’t have been saved from her injuries.
But they could have tried.