2-Year-Old Girl Ran Over by Van & Ignored by 18 Bystanders

Highlighted, a 2-year-old little girl about to be hit and run over by a white van in the background, in Guangdong, China.

Highlighted, a 2-year-old little girl about to be hit and run over by a white van in the background, in Guangdong, China.

From NetEase, Sina, and Sina Weibo:

2-year-old female child ran over by car, 18 passersby ignore her

Synopsis: October 13th afternoon around 5:30, a car accident occurred at the Guangfo Hardware Market in Huangqi of Foshan. A van hit a 2-year-old little girl and then fled. No passersby reached out to help and then another car ran over her. Over the span of 7 minutes, a total of 17 people passing by failed to extend a hand or call the police, up until the 19th person, a garbage scavenger ayi [older woman], who lifted her up after discovering her but the little girl in her arms was like a noodle, immediately collapsing back onto the ground. The trash scavenger ayi called for help, and the little girl’s mother, who was in the vicinity, immediately rushed over and rushed her to the hospital.

The news report video above has been viewed nearly 700k times on popular Chinese video-sharing website Youku since it was uploaded 17 hours ago and currently has over 6200 comments spanning 210 pages. This story is also spreading on China’s popular microblogging service Sina Weibo in addition to receiving a lot of views and comments on China’s major internet news portals and communities.

In addition to showing the little girl, Yue Yue being run over twice and many of the bystanders who didn’t stop to help her, it also shows that Yue Yue is currently in the hospital in critical condition. Police have already found the second driver but have yet to find the first driver as they were unable to read the first van’s license plate and are calling upon witnesses for help. Yue Yue’s parents are also shown.

A man who walks by pretending not to see the little girl lying injured on the street.

A Chinese man riding by on his tricycle cart carrying pipes, avoiding the body of a 2-year-old little girl on the road.

The worried mother of a 2-year-old girl who had been run over twice in Foshan, China and then subsequently ignored by 18 bystanders.

The weeping father of a 2-year-old little girl who was ran over by a van and truck and then ignored by 18 bystanders.

Comments from NetEase:

lgaxy [网易浙江省嘉兴市网友]:

It isn’t ignoring, it’s not daring. If one were to encounter a Nanjing judge, one would be screwed.

[Note: “Nanjing judge” refers to the infamous 2006 case of a man named Peng Yu who helped a woman to the hospital after she had fallen only to have the old woman accuse him of knocking her down. The Nanjing judge in that case ultimately ruled that common sense dictated that only the person who hit her would take her to the hospital, setting a precedent that continues only further discourages and reinforces many Chinese people’s wariness to help others in similar situations.]

做个自然人 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Truly very painful!
The majority of us Chinese people are already considered abnormal!

六十夕阳红 [网易上海市长宁区网友]:

The Chinese people have arrived at their most moral-less moment!

向前冲 [网易北京市网友]:

It can only be said that the garbage scavenger doesn’t read news on the internet.

屠杀农民工 [网易北京市朝阳区网友]:

No one wants to cause trouble for themselves. These days, everyone is busy enough with their own matters. To say these people are cold-blooded is a bit too strong. Those who want to criticize them should first ask themselves: Would you have gone to help or not?

kenny44272 [网易广东省江门市网友]:

The driver should die.
The child’s parents have some responsibility that cannot be shirked, especially the mother.
The passers-by who ignored an injured child are as low as cats and dogs, simply unbelievable.
This video shakes the soul of every conscientious person.


Don’t blame the passersby, it was a Nanjing judge that killed this little girl.


Those people who walked by are animals. No, even some animals have compassion and would at the very least stop to take a look. Those 18 pigs who walked by should also be arrested and taught a lesson with 15 days [in jail]. Instead it was the waste scavenger ayi from other parts [of the country] who had a conscience.


Mencius taught us: The poor must look after themselves, while they rich should spread goodness throughout the world.

With regards to this incident, we first cannot blame the driver, who makes a living with his physical labor. We cannot close our eyes and demand that he bear too much responsibility, as he didn’t mean to hit someone either, and it was definitely very difficult to have noticed [the child], and afterward he was conflicted too, only he was afraid of bearing the burden of compensation and that’s why he chose to run away. I can sympathize with him. After all, running away means still having a life to live while not running might mean his life is completely ruined. Though running away means his conscience is to be condemned, how important is one’s conscience for the rabble where simply getting enough to eat is already a major accomplishment? Not betraying one’s conscience in reality is a kind of spiritual luxury.

The people who passed by are also not worthy of being blamed. To conclude that they are cold-blooded for turning a blind eye is a bit arbitrary. If it were a small cat or a small dog struggling on the ground, I think they would definitely give their attention, even kneel down to investigate the injuries, maybe even carrying them home to nurse them back to health. But when it is a child, everyone pretends they don’t see, it is always like this, almost without exception. This is not about whether or not a person is cold-blooded or not cold-blooded, but it is definitely about there being a very serious problem in society. These days, it is better to be less involved than more involved. Getting involved may very well mean getting majorly screwed. There are really too many of these kind of precedents, and everyone has silently evolved from these observations. No one is more qualified than anyone else to criticize.

和谐评论非处不娶 [网易吉林省延吉市网友]:

No one will say anything if you run over a dog and flee, but this was running over a person… This driver must be severely punished.

兔兔要开心 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

I wouldn’t necessarily send her into the hospital, but I would definitely make a call, and call for help. For those people who saw and then made a detour around her, have your consciences all been “eaten by a dog” [lost]? May your own children be the next Yue Yue [name of the 2-year-old girl who was run over in the video].


I cried…

网易山东省青岛市网友 [贱男春浪贱]:

Those above who are saying that our countrymen have become numb, I want to ask simply: What would you do if you ran into this kind of thing? Don’t just blame this or that on this internet post, would you risk being accused of being the perpetrator? Would you be willing to dump your entire family’s savings into the endless vortex of accident compensation? You aren’t afraid of going to jail as the perpetrator? Have you not considered that one moment of greatness could mean your entire family losing their happiness with you? Do you know just how many Nanjing judge [case results] there are? Do you think it is only Nanjing? The consequences of moral turpitude is not something that you and I can rectify. We are just ordinary people. Seeing this kind of thing, I can only describe it as heart-breaking, but I would be numb/indifferent like those 18 people…because I am a normal person!!!

Jasonwu [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

Don’t push responsibility onto society, let’s ask ourselves: what are we afraid of?

投篮 [网易亚太地区网友]:

I remember when I was small there was a small girl who fell into a pond. I yelled for help and then some adults came and rescued her. But in the end, her mother kept asking if it was me who pushed her in. Now that I think about it, I was truly lucky!!!!

What do you think?

The Chinese parents of a 2-year-old girl who was ran over twice and ignored by 18 pedestrians who passed by.

The lone woman who stopped and called for help after a 2-year-old little girl was run over by two cars.


Written by Fauna

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