At 11:17am yesterday, at Xixiang Village in Shenzhen’s Bao’an district, a 1 and a half-year-old young girl was killed outside of her home after she was struck by a truck.
The child had just learned to walk and was playing in a narrow alleyway when the truck backed over her. Both the rear and front wheels of the truck rolled over the young toddler, but it was the rear wheel that delivered the fatal blow to her head. After the incident, the victim’s doorstep was soon full of people, but no one stepped forward to comfort the family.
This unfortunate event marks the fifth incident involving children being hit and killed by vehicles in the past two weeks, and the fourth such incident occurring in Guangdong province.
The first case was Yueyue, who caught the attention of the world. The second case occurred in Sichuan, and the third and forth cases both occurred in Guangdong province, including a toddler who was also named Yueyue.
What once seemed like a freak occurrence is now mentioned with stunning regularity in the news. It’s sad to say that accidents of this sort are far from being a new phenomenon, and the only thing that’s changed has been the amount of media coverage the accidents receive.
When will the madness end? We’d like to know which parents living in high-traffic areas are still willing to let infant children out of their sight. How many more kids have to die before something changes?