24-year-old Hu Jun is married and has a daughter.
Foshan’s Nanhai District Procuratorate has formally approved the arrest of Hu Jun, the first of two drivers who ran over two-year-old toddler, Yueyue, in the double hit-and-run that has gripped the nation and the world this week. The formality paves the way for the next step in the legal process of a case that will be highly watched by all quarters of Chinese society.
24-year-old truck driver Hu Jun, from Feicheng near Tai’an in Shandong province, was seen on CCTV footage knocking down the toddler, and then running over her a second time with a rear wheel as he made his escape. Seven minutes, 18 bystanders, and a subsequent hit by another vehicle later, help for Yueyue finally arrived in the form of 58-year-old scrap peddler Chen Xianmei, and later, Yueyue’s mother.
A journalist from Taishan Evening News made her way to Jiangzhuang Village in Wangguadian Town off Feicheng to speak to the family of Hu Jun. Hu’s mother, Zhang Yuchun, had been crying rivers of tears. She said that the family first found out about the accident on the afternoon of October 16, two days after it happened.
“That day, Hu Jun called up his father, saying he had seen a video of someone running over a child. He later realised that he was that person in the van, but he didn’t know at the time that there was a child on the floor,” said Zhang.
Hu was shocked out of his wits, and was making the call to inform the family in case anything happened, added Zhang. Her husband, Hu Xuwei advised him to turn himself in to the police before flying to Guangdong that very evening. “Upon his arrival in Guangzhou, he was unable to get in touch with our son. I myself, don’t know how to get online, and as I was unable to get posted on the latest developments, I could only sit and fret,” she said.
The second of three children, and the only son, Hu Jun has been married for two years. In February this year, he moved with his wife and their then 50-day-old daughter to Foshan, against the wishes of his mother, to seek a better life. The couple ran a little store to make their living, and on the day of the accident, Hu was out running errands for the business.
“All the neighbours say my son is a good man, an honest man. Since he was young, he has never told a lie, or gotten into a fight with anybody.”
“We hope that Yueyue’s parents can forgive my son. Our entire family is so sorry for all the hurt that he has caused them. Now our only wish is that the police can be more lenient to our son,” said Zhang as she wiped away her tears.