Kevin Geyson, Canadian Diver
For pedestrians, the law of the Chinese road/jungle maintains that one can only survive by possessing cat-like reflexes and all-seeing peripheral vision. Otherwise, you might end up giving a rather minimalist street theater performance whereby you lie prone on the ground for the edification of assembled onlookers. Canadian diver Kevin Geyson, in Shanghai for the FINA Championships, unfortunately did not receive this highly-urgent memo in his inbox: crossing the street outside of the Oriental Sports Center in Pudong, Geyson was hit by an oncoming vehicle on Saturday. Currently being treated at Huashan hospital（华山医院）in Jing’an district by both Chinese and Canadian doctors, Geyson’s condition is reportedly stable.
The incident occurred when Geyson reportedly alighted from the bus after he was already on board the bus, then parked outside the Oriental Sports Center. Geyson was unconscious after the accident, awaking after several hours after being taken to Huashan, where he is also recuperating from a concussion and a gash on his leg described as ‘severe’. However, a spokesman for Diving Canada that Geyson managed to escape ‘any big injuries’.
A 27 year-old native Winnipegian, Geyson’s appearance at the 14th FINA Aquatics World Championships was his first. Geyson placed 8th in the 10m Men’s synchronized diving event with his partner, Eric Sehn of Edmonton.
Though the accident casts a pall on the proceedings, we don’t expect it to define the FINA Championships in any major way. After all, an elderly American couple connected to USA Volleyball was stabbed (along with their translator) at Beijing’s Drum Tower during the 2008 Olympics, a much more serious incident which didn’t dampen the eventual fever pitch the Olympics achieved towards its end.
We at Shanghaiist advise any of our bipedal readers to look not only look twice before traversing any road, but also to listen intently, and to cross with as many other pedestrians as possible. Because they can’t hit all of you, right?
Or, some enterprising netizen might get around to producing some shirts that say, ‘Don’t Hit Me, I’m a Laowai!’ (in Chinese of course: ‘别撞我， 我是老外!’). We recommend those even if you’re not a Laowai, just to be safe. And we might consider donating our future shirt royalties to fund Traffic Safety for Foreign Friends seminars, to ensure that this sort of misconception regarding local drivers, and their willingness to view Human Beings on Foot as such, gets definitively sorted out.