[UDPATE: 06/08] Netizens argue over who’s to blame after woman gets run over twice while passersby look on
[UPDATE: 06/08] According to the latest reports, the incident occurred at an intersection in Zhumadian, Henan province. The drivers who hit the woman have been detained by police. Police said that the woman died from the incident which occurred on April 21st.
An extremely disturbing video has gone viral on Chinese social media once again exposing how terrifyingly reluctant Chinese passersby are to help out strangers in need.
In the surveillance video shot at a city intersection, a woman is seen waiting in the middle of a crosswalk as cars drive past in front of her.
Suddenly, the woman is blindsided by a taxi coming from the opposite direction, sending her flying onto the road where she lies motionless. The taxi fails to stop and the pedestrians who witnessed the accident don’t move a muscle.
When the traffic light changes, pedestrians and bike-riders move across the zebra crossing. None of them stop to check on the woman, giving her a wide berth as they cross the street, presumably worrying that the woman would try to scam them.
Left alone in the middle of the road, the woman is seen raising up her head briefly.
With no one taking the initiative to halt traffic, cars continue to drive past the motionless woman. Eventually, a SUV runs her over with both sets of tires.
The driver of the SUV then stops and gets out to check on the woman, along with one pedestrian on his phone before the video clips ends. In the span of about a minute-and-half, dozens of people pass by either on foot, on bike or inside a car without stopping to help the woman.
You can watch the video below. Viewer discretion is advised.
The video was posted onto Chinese social media earlier today by one Weibo user who wrote that it made him want to cry, since he no longer had the strength to get angry. Already the video has over 6 million views and 15,000 comments on Weibo with netizens lamenting yet again China’s tragic lack of good Samaritan spirit.
“People coming and going, just like a bunch of zombies,” wrote one netizen.
“The most concerned are always netizens, the most indifferent are always passersby. I don’t know if it is because web users don’t go out or because pedestrians don’t go online,” sarcastically notes another.
Thanks to a deep layer of public distrust, Chinese have become infamous in recent years for failing to assist strangers in need. Most tragically in the case of Little Yue Yue, a two-year-old girl who was run over and left clinging to life in a Foshan back alley in 2011, overlooked by at least 18 passersby. Finally, a female trash collector saw her and called for help. The little girl was sent to the hospital where she died eight days later.
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