The parents of Yueyue, the Foshan toddler who passed away after a week-long battle for her life following a horrific double hit-and-run that has hogged international headlines, have engaged a lawyer to sue the two drivers that knocked her down.
Foshan police should by now have turned over its files to the city’s Nanhai District Procuratorate, which has promised to work over the weekend to process the case.
In a weird turn of events, a man has been detained by police for falsely claiming to be one of the drivers and later giving submissions that did not tally up with the facts of the crime scene, the Legal Evening News reported. The man was subsequently quoted as saying he did this to get famous.
The lawyer representing Yueyue’s parents, Luo Dexu, said he planned to ask a few questions:
– Were the drivers on their phones during the incident?
– Did they or did they not see Yueyue before they knocked her over?
– Why did the first driver continue driving after realising he had knocked over somebody?
Wang Chichang, Yueyue’s father, details the phone conversation he had with the first driver. “There was no word of apology from start to finish. He kept asking if I was Yueyue’s dad, and kept asking me for my bank account, saying he wanted to transfer money to me. I kept saying I didn’t want any money, but he still insisted on sending me the money. So I began to suspect he was the driver.”
Wang asked the man repeatedly, “Are you that driver?” The reply eventually came in the affirmative. Wang told him, “How did your parents educate you? How do you want to educate your child? Go to your nearest police station and turn yourself in. The law will be the judge.”
“Just tell me: How much money do you want?” asked the driver again. Thinking it was wiser to just end the call there and then, Wang replied “Alright, let me go discuss this with my family.”
Guangdong lawyer Huang Jinsong, in an interview with the Legal Weekly, said the two drivers should bear full legal responsibility for the incident. The first driver, if found guilty, could be put behind bars for as long as seven years, he said. As her legal guardians, Yueyue’s parents should also bear a certain degree of responsibility but because the drivers fled the scene immediately, the two of them would be wholly responsible.
Previously on Shanghaiist
1. Watch: Toddler run over by two vehicles, ignored by all but one trash collector
2. Foshan toddler passes away [UPDATE: Toddler still alive]
3. Foshan toddler Yueyue still under intensive care
4. Meet: Chen Xianmei, the trash collector who came to the rescue of Foshan toddler Yueyue
5. Adam Minter: Chen Xianmei’s a “scrap peddler” not “trash collector”
6. Will a belief in God make more Good Samaritans out of us?
7. Chen Xianmei commended while murmurs abound she’s out to get famous
8. Chen Xianmei overwhelmed by donations and media attention, flees Foshan
9. Yueyue’s parents: We’re not on Sina Weibo!
10. Donations for Yueyue now at RMB270,000 and counting
11. Hit-and-run toddler victim Yueyue passes away
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