A Beijing mother says that she has yet to receive compensation or even an apology of any kind from the parents of a German teenager who allegedly flew a drone into her toddler’s face earlier this month.
The incident occurred on May 9th at the Xiaotaihou River Park in the capital’s Tongzhou district. The mother, given the pseudonym Qi Liying, says that her 23-month-old child was happily playing in the park until an out-of-control UAV came from out of nowhere and crashed into his face.
After hitting the toddler, the alleged culprit reportedly grabbed his drone and immediately fled the scene. Witnesses said that he was a teenaged foreigner with blonde hair. Police later identified him as a 14-year-old German boy whose father “Daniel” works for Mercedes-Benz in Beijing.
According to Qi, when confronted, the teen said that he had no clue that his drone had hurt anyone. Meanwhile, his father has said that the accident is purely his son’s responsibility, refusing to provide any financial compensation to Qi, claiming that his family doesn’t have the means to do so—a claim that Qi says she doesn’t believe for a second, having found out that Daniel’s family lives at a luxury hotel which costs, she estimates, 30,000 yuan a month.
Immediately following the incident, Qi posted photos ontoWeiboof the damage that the drone had done to her child’s face. The photos show a long gash running from above the child’s left eyebrow to the bottom of the right side of his nose.
In her post, the mother wrote that she had to take her child to three different hospitals in Beijing before they were able to find suitable treatment. The boy ended up receiving nine stitches. Afterward, a doctor told his mom that he may always have a scar on his face.
Meanwhile, it’s not clear how police are handling the case, having yet to release a statement on the incident which occurred three weeks ago. A Daimler representative said that the company was unaware of the incident, but that it would conduct an investigation, noting that all employees receive training about obeying and respecting Chinese laws.
As you’d expect, Beijing boasts some of the strictest drone regulations in China with the entire city within the 6th Ring Road operating as a “no-fly zone.” According to park visitors, the boy had been seen flying his drone in the park at least three other times this year.