Hit-and-run accidents are always horrific, but when more than a dozen people walk by and ignore a bleeding child on the side of the road it’s enough for an entire nation to question what has become of its society.
In the disturbing video captured on a surveillance camera, a toddler named Yueyue is hit by a white van in Foshan, China, near a busy market. The van pauses, then lurches ahead.
Nobody stopped to help the 2-year-old, including one man who walks no more than a foot from where she lay. Then a second van drove down the street. The child was hit again.
After that, at least 13 people walked by the toddler. Some even stopped to look at her, but did nothing. Finally, a woman who had been collecting garbage, spotted the girl. She pulled the child to the side of the road just before another van drove by. Eventually another woman, who appears to be the child’s mother, came over and picked her up off the road.
The little girl was taken to the hospital but she is not expected to live.
China’s Xinhua news agency reported today the child is in a coma, according to Reuters, and police have arrested both drivers. English newspaper China Daily included a heartbreaking photo of the child in her hospital bed. The paper reported her parents, who are both migrants, were by her side.
According to the BBC, the girl wandered off while her mother was collecting laundry.
One user on a Chinese social networking site, Weibo, called the incident “the shame of the Chinese people,” Reuters reported.
Another user wrote: “Really, what is up with our society? I saw this and my heart went cold. Everyone needs to do some soul searching about ending this kind of indifference.”