Normally, we’d have qualms about pointing you towards something so lurid as a road rage video. But in the Chinese context, we’ll say that videos of a mistress attempting to run over her lover’s wife with a Volkswagen Polo is a relevant microcosm for how decayed the social fabric has become.
The incident in the video occurred on March 17th in Suqian (宿迁), Jiangsu province, when a wife surnamed Zhang confronted her husband and his mistress while driving to visit relatives. Eyewitnesses report that the mistress, surnamed Chen, apparently said ‘You’re now standing in front of my car, I’m going to run you over,’ in response to Zhang telling her to move to aside. The mistress and the husband were reported to be colleagues.
The chance meeting between the parties occurred within an apartment complex, and thus there was relatively little traffic to disturb the scene that occurred. Zhang gets out of her car when both drivers approach from opposite directions and then refuse to move to one side. She tries to open the door of the Polo, but Chen pulls it shut.
With the wife getting back in her car and then both sides resuming their standoff, things come to a head when Zhang again exits her vehicle at 1:27 in the video. Chen backs up her Polo and then drives full speed at Zhang while she’s trying to re-enter her vehicle after haranguing Chen. Zhang is caught against her car door and is pushed back 5 meters or so, but manages to remain unscathed. Zhang continues to scream at the Polo, which backs up a second time to once again drive full-speed at the jilted wife, who again escaped unharmed.
There seems to be something peculiar that often happens when someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle in China. Other people are no longer regarded as sentient beings of equal status by those with their hands behind a wheel. Anyone who’s ever tried to cross the street in China can attest to the absence of any aura of importance that pedestrians have in the eyes of buses, trucks, sedans and the like.
Chen appears to be the latest case of drivers displaying extreme sociopathic tendencies in China. The erratic behavior of Mr. ‘My Father is Li Gang’ and “Li Gang’s sister” don’t even count as the serious cases. Not when compared with other incidents that indicate a mass general disregard for human life amongst China’s drivers, whether it be a female cyclist getting run over repeatedly by inattentive drivers, a small boy being run over 4 times by the same BMW SUV, or a student hitting a girl with his car then stabbing her to death to avoid the repercussions.
If it’s simply a case of lack of absentminded motorists driving around in dream-like fugue states, totally unaware of their surroundings, then perhaps it’s high time for China to make the switch to coffee.
Information translated from Pingliang News.
By Fan Huang