Two three-year-old kids have been knocked down in separate incidents under eerily similar circumstances, both just metres away from their parents’ shophouses.
Disaster has struck again in Guangdong province, where the death of two-year-old toddler Yueyue after a double hit-and-run has left the nation and the world stunned with the apathy of bystanders who left her bleeding by the roadside. Two three-year-old kids have been knocked down in separate incidents under eerily similar circumstances, both just metres away from their parents’ shophouses.
On Sunday, just before noon, in Dongguan’s Chang’an town, three-year-old Du Yangyang was knocked down by a truck just outside the convenience store run by his family. Footage from the store’s own CCTV camera showed little Yangyang wander out of the store at 11.47am to a pile of sand 20 metres away, where labourers were busy at work loading the sand onto a truck. At 11.53am, the driver fired up the truck and began reversing the vehicle. In just two seconds, the truck had rolled over Yangyang. Immediately, a middle-aged man wearing a white t-shirt was seen yelling after the driver, but it was too late. The boy died on the spot.
Yang Wenfeng, the boy’s mother, said that when the incident happened, she was upstairs feeding her little daughter, while her mother-in-law was preparing lunch in the kitchen. The boy was left in the care of her brother, who was manning the convenience store. “I even saw from our CCTV camera that the boy was playing outside. I had no idea what would happen just one split second later.”
Chen Shirong, the above-mentioned eye-witness who got the truck to stop, told journalists he was seated just ten metres away in another convenience store and had seen the whole event happening in front of his eyes. While the truck was in reverse, he had already started shouting at the top of his lungs to get the attention of the driver, but to no avail. “If the truck could have been slower by another two seconds, I could have pulled the child away, and this wouldn’t have happened. I feel extremely guilty!” said Chen.
Another eye-witness, an elderly gentleman named Lao Liu, said the scene was too horrible too look at. “[Yangyang’s] legs were still moving, and the next second, blood was gushing out from his mouth. Then he stopped moving,” he said. Having been medically trained, Lao Liu knew that the boy was already no more. He immediately called the police, who arrived shortly after.
At one point, Lao Liu saw the driver getting back into his seat, presumably to drive away, and told him, “You’d better not run away, or you’re going to get into worse trouble. Pass me your keys now!”
In another incident, on Monday, another girl called Yueyue, who was just a few days shy of her third birthday, was knocked down by a car while playing with sand in front of her family’s shophouse in Zengcheng. The accident happened literally under the nose of Yueyue’s mother who immediately got the driver to stop when she saw what happened. Neighbours quickly gathered and lifted the car off Yueyue’s head, which had already been disfigured. An ambulance arrived at 5.30pm and medical staff struggled to save the life of the little girl en route to the hospital, with her wailing mother in tow. By 7pm, hospital staff had pronounced the toddler dead.
The driver of the car was said to be visiting the owner of the shop selling dyeing materials just adjacent to the girl’s family shophouse. According to Yueyue’s father, cars are not allowed to drive up to their store, and the route taken by the driver was neither a road nor a pedestrian walkway.
Last Thursday, in Luzhou, Sichuan province, a five-year-old child returning home from school was knocked down by a truck, causing the child to die on the spot.
How many more kids must die this way?