Chinese hit and run girl dead
21 October 2011, 11:52
Beijing - A 2-year-old Chinese girl run over by two different vehicles and ignored by passersby has died, local media reported on Friday, in a case which ignited public uproar over what some called the immorality of modern society.
The hospital's "all-out efforts were ineffective" at saving Wang Yue, the China News Service cited a local news website as saying. She died in the early hours of Friday more than a week after the accident.
Both drivers who ran over the girl have been arrested, but internet users have flooded microblogs decrying the apathy of the people who left her for dead, after brutally graphic footage from a security camera of the incident went viral.
Surveillance video from the October 13 hit-and-run and later aired by a television station shows the girl run over by a van, which drives off, leaving her to bleed on a narrow street in Foshan city in the southern province of Guangdong.
Changing societal values
More than a dozen people over the next seven minutes walk or drive past the girl on bicycles and she is run over by a second truck. A woman then pulls the girl to the side of the street before her mother, a migrant worker in the city, rushes into the frame.
China's economic boom and the growing disparity between the rich and poor have made changing social values a contentious topic, with some lamenting what they see as materialism replacing morals.
Wang's death quickly became the most talked about topic on China's popular Twitter-like microblog service, Sina's Weibo.
"I hope that this little angel who was discarded by society can act as a wake-up call to the nation about the importance of moral education," wrote "gongzai xiaoben".
"Hope you can find some love in heaven. This world is full of apathy," added "Winter space".
LAWSUITS FOR GOOD SAMARITANS
The Communist Party chief of Guangdong province urged "searching reflection" about the incident, the official Guangzhou Daily reported on Friday.
"Take active and effective steps to raise the moral standards of the entire society," he told a meeting of province officials, according to the paper.
Many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress for fear that they will be blamed.
High-profile lawsuits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they sought to help.