At midnight on Monday, our friend was returning from a friend’s house at 88 Huichuan Lu in Chang Ning district when a red taxi pulled out from a driveway, hit a man and drove away. He heard the sound and saw the man on the ground with a pool of blood from his head and his body twisted in an awkward position. The taxi drove off and Clark was the sole witness on the street except for a Brazilian woman, who also saw it happen. They assumed the man was dead, but called Guanxi and tried to get through to a hospital. From our friend:
Last night (Monday) I was returning from a friend’s home around midnight. When I stepped outside, I heard a noise and it disturbed me. As I got closer to the road, I saw a red taxi speed away and a man’s body on the ground. There was a Brazilian lady outside and she and I both stood still staring at him. I ran over to him, asking him if he was ok.. but he did not move and I saw the blood. The Brazilian lady asked if I knew number to hospital and I didn’t.
I used Guanxi and got the number, but no one spoke English and they laughed on the phone as they passed it around saying they don’t speak English. I hung up. The Brazilian woman saw a taxi and somehow asked him to call the hospital for us. He did. I was in shock and felt frozen. I sat down next to the man lying on the street and in my bad Chinese kept asking if he was ok. I couldn’t touch him. Soon other taxi drivers stopped and began surrounding me and the body. They were laughing, chatting, pointing, smoking and no one seemed to bothered about the twisted body lying there. The woman and I stayed until the ambulance came. The body was put in the ambulance, but I know he was dead. From the look of it, he hadn’t been breathing in half an hour. She was crying. I walked her to her apartment and we both cried for the loss of a life of a man we didn’t know.
One of the taxi drivers who was on the scene smiled at me and waved theatrically to the other drivers as a got into the taxi as if it was some kind of comedy show. They seemed more entertained that they had witnessed a black guy crying than that a man had lost his life. I ignored him, told him my address and sat in the car, wiping the tears from my face. I’ve never seen a man die before. I feel like I could have done more.
Some numbers you should remember off the top of your head, just in case you have an accident or witness one: Ambulance: 120; Police: 110
Photo from acc-tv.