Chinese Toddler Run Over and Ignored by Bystanders


The world is outraged after hearing news that a two-year-old girl was run over in a market in China and no one stopped to help. The child was eventually taken to hospital where she was treated for her injuries, but did not survive.

The toddler, Lulu, wandered into the street in a market. A white van-style truck accelerated, hit and ran over the child with its front wheels. The truck then stopped, pauses for a moment, and continued forward running the child over again with its back wheels. A passerby who witnessed the accident and at least 18 other people, including parents with children, walked right past the injured, bleeding child lying on the ground. A second truck ran over her too. Eventually, about 6 minutes after the accident, a woman stopped, picked up the child and cried out for help. Moments later, the mother arrived and the child was rushed to the hospital. The entire incident can be seen in an uncut video on YouTube (warning: includes graphic footage of the child being run over several times).

Despite the hospital’s efforts, the girl died of brain injury one week after the accident. The Globe and Mail has reported that both drivers who ran over the girl have been arrested. However, people are left asking why so many people walked by without giving the girl a second thought. A lot of soul searching is taking place in China, with people asking themselves how so many could have walked by and ignored the injured girl. According to J. David Goodman’s blog on the New York Times:

Within hours of the accident, Xinhua reported, there were nearly 2 million posts related to the toddler on Sina Weibo, a popular microblog platform similar to Twitter. By the middle of this week, there were nearly 10 million. A horrific video of the accident, contained in a news report, has been viewed 2.8 million times on Youku, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube.

In addition to soul searching, there is also a lot of finger pointing. People inside and outside China are horrified at the lack of empathy shown by the people who ignored the child and there is concern that this incident is reflective of Chinese culture. Some are comparing it to the United States and indicating that Americans’ willingness to help others is what makes them somehow better or stronger than China. However, there are similarly horrifying incidents in the United States too, such as a woman in Ohio who was ordered to stop giving a colleague CPR and get back to work. The woman later died.

Lacking empathy is a disease that is spreading worldwide as people focus on “me, me, me” and go about their busy lives. It is reflected in the way people treat others, in the way they vote, and in the way we’ve retreated away from our communities and retrenched into our nuclear families and independent lives.

Can we recover from this and teach the world to care?

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Image credit: YouTube video of incident.

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Valentina R.
Valentina R.2 years ago

Holy hell. Why are humans so cruel and indifferent?

peggy p.
peggy p.3 years ago

never stand by if anyone is hurt. ever.

Paula B.
Paula B.3 years ago

So incredibly, incredibly sad!!

Tonya B.
Tonya B.4 years ago

The chinese appear not to give a darned about anything. They abuse their animals with no remorse, so why would you expect them to care about a random child. This is a barbaric nation with NO MORALS or values. Life of ANY kinds appears to be of no VALUE to any of the chinese. I say nuke them all and start over.

Ameer T.
Ameer T.4 years ago

But i agree with the conclusion that we as a humanity are more dead than alive. We have been desensitized a lot too. we hear about children and women in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya bombed by Drones or killed with gunships on the news everyday. So many people died these past decade that human life has lost its value. people have lost compassion.

Ameer T.
Ameer T.4 years ago

Where were the little girl's parents? Why would they let a small child run about un attended? Why would a second van run over the little girl?

It was an accident the first time when the front wheels ran over the child, It was murder when the rear wheels ran over her as well after the driver got off and made sure what he had run over.

Darlene B.
Darlene W.4 years ago

Totally disgusting. What goes around comes around, they will get theirs in the end. Poor darling little girl, she is with the angels above now and will no longer suffer. How can anyone stand by and watch something like this happen?

Jeanne Roth
J Roth4 years ago

The way they treat animals, I'm not surprised a female child was overlooked.

Alison D.
Alison Duncan4 years ago

Human life is worthless in many parts of the world, including China.

That fact is well evidenced by the horrors we learn about every day.

The people of China throw away their female children, leaving them on sidewalks to die or be picked up by govt workers designated to do so. They're left in "Dying rooms" to be neglected to death because they're seen as worthless.

Why are we surprised a country with this view of humanity would be callous to yet another female child?

Individually I'm sure most Chinese people are appalled by this. Collectively they support this sort of abuse by their institutionalized abhorrence of charity, humanity and women.

Lyn V.
Lyn v.4 years ago

Whats wrong with people, this is just horrible