A surveillance camera captured some images featuring the 2-year-old toddler Yue Yue, apparently being hit and run over twice by cars in a narrow street from the city of Foshan, China. The shocking video ignited outcry over the web.
What stunned the worldwide media is not only the cruelty of the drivers who steered their vehicles over the little girl but also the ignorance of the passers-by. Apparently at least 18 people walked nearby without even taking a look at the little body lying down on the street.
But do not worry, the bystander effect was not invented in China, there are plenty of similar examples that occurred in other countries. According to experimental research, as the number of bystanders increases, the odds of a particular bystander to help gets lower. Therefore if unfortunately find yourself as a victim of such a case, obviously you do not wish the crowd to gather around you.
The accident occurred on a street from Guangzhou province, Foshan city. The video that was posted on Youtube and taken over by news outlets, unveils an unthinkable chain of events: the baby is hit by the front side of a car, then the driver apparently shows intention of stopping but he changes mind and goes on by running also with the backwheels over the child. Subsequently dozens people walk around the area like nothing happened, then a second car seems to run over the toddler. Later a woman tries to remove the lying body and finally the mother comes and picks up her kid who was rushed to the hospital.
According to some initial unverified sources the kid had allegedly died, however China Daily revealed that little girl Yue Yue is still fighting for her life. She is in coma but apparently re-gained some feelings into her arms and the ability to take weak breaths (that’s an optimistic news of recovery). The father depicted what one of the drivers (who have been arrested) told him: “All he asked was my bank account and how much compensation I want”. So, the life can be easily bought nowadays. Read more exciting stories on the News Blog.
Video: Hit-and-run China incident sparks worldwide outrage