Police have chosen not to file criminal charges against the Canadian national who accidentally knocked down and killed an elderly Chinese woman as she was running on the Great Wall at Mutianyu on Wednesday.
The unidentified Canadian woman claims that she was running down the stairs in a hurry and missed her step, accidentally knocking into 70-year-old Cui Hongfang. Cui, who had traveled from Heilongjiang province to visit the Great Wall with her family, hit her head on the side of the wall and fell down. She died at the foot of the stairs.
A few witnesses had confirmed that they’d seen the Canadian woman leaning over, but no one could say for sure if she’d missed her footing, according to Sina News.
The Canadian woman is still in Beijing, despite having booked tickets to fly back on Saturday, April 11.
Family members of the victim have ‘not accepted’ the police’s decision to forego pressing charges, as no video footage from the scene was available to prove what had happened.
Yi Shenghua, a Beijing-based criminal lawyer, was cited in the report as saying that the family could still request for the procuratorate to review evidence and decide whether it could be a criminal case. They could also file a private prosecution or a civil case to receive compensation.
The tourist company running the Mutianyu Great Wall said their insurance policy covers the victim although she got in for free because of her age.