Entries in Hit and Run (5)


Red Bull Heir Suspected in Fatal Hit-and-Run in Thailand

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(BANGKOK) -- An heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune was arrested after he fatally hit a policeman with his Ferrari, dragging the officer’s body down a Bangkok street early Monday morning, police said.

Oil streaks stretching several blocks led police to a gated estate owned by the Red Bull family, local media reported.

Once a family lawyer was present, police searched the grounds, where they found the damaged Ferrari, which was taken to the Thing Lor police station as evidence, the Bangkok Post reported.

A log book keeping track of the family’s vehicles also indicated Vorayuth Yoovidhya had been behind the wheel at the time of the accident, despite the fact a household employee tried to take responsibility, the newspaper reported.

Yoovidhya’s lawyer said his client was still in shock and that he was prepared to offer funeral expenses and compensation, the Bangkok Post reported.

The 27-year-old faces charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest.

The Yoovidhya family has a net worth of $5.4 billion, according to an August 2012 estimate by Forbes, and is the fourth richest family in Thailand.

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'YueYue,' Chinese Toddler Run Over in Street and Ignored, Dies

Getty/George Doyle/Thinkstock(FOSHAN, China) -- A bloodied toddler ignored by many passersby in southern China after she was run over in the street by two vans, has died, reports say.

Eighteen pedestrians and cyclists passed right by 2-year-old Wang Yue, nicknamed “YueYue,” before one woman finally stopped to pull the toddler aside on the narrow market street in Foshan, Guangdong province, and call for help.

YueYue’s death early Friday at Guangzhou Military District General Hospital was first reported by Chinese media. A cause of death was not initially announced.

The case sparked soul-searching in China over whether the nation’s morals had declined as the country chased economic growth.

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Mother of Chinese Toddler in Hit and Run Praises Rescuer

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(GUANGZHOU, China) -- The mother of the two-year-old girl who was run over twice by vans and left bleeding in the middle of a narrow market street in China has praised the woman who rescued her gravely injured daughter.

“I don’t have enough words to thank her with,” the mother, who would identify herself only as Qu, said at the hospital on Monday, according to China Daily.

Chen Xianmei is the 57-year-old woman who moved Qu’s daughter, YueYue, to the side of a road and called for help in Foshan, Guangdong province, last Thursday after eighteen pedestrians and cyclists passed right by the little girl.

“I was picking up trash in the hardware market when I saw a child lying in the road.  I walked up in a hurry to the girl and heard her groan.  I lifted her up and saw that one of her eyes was closed, that she had tears in her eyes, and she was bleeding from her mouth, nose and the back of her head,” Chen told China Daily.

“I wanted to carry her but she was soft and collapsed immediately.  I was scared to try again and so I dragged her to the side of the road and shouted for help.  But nobody showed up,” Chen was quoted as saying in Yangcheng Evening News.

Meanwhile, many in China have said that she did the good deed seeking publicity.  Since the incident, she has received numerous interview requests, and it was reported that the civilization office of Foshan’s Nanhai district presented 10,000 yuan -- or $1,570 -- to Chen on Monday.

“Is it really so difficult to be a good person?” Chen’s daughter-in-law, who declined to state her full name, asked China Daily.

The girl’s mother echoed this sentiment, telling China Daily that this was unlikely to be Chen’s motivation.

“I am truly grateful,” Qu said.  “She is really kind, not the type of person who enjoys publicity.”

The two-year-old girl Wang Yue, nicknamed YueYue, is in critical condition at the Guangzhou Military District General Hospital.  Images of her on a respirator were in most of the Chinese press Tuesday.  Despite numerous micro-blogs from YueYue’s mother about her daughter’s improving condition, including regaining sensation in her limbs, The Guangzhou Daily quoted the hospital’s head of neurosurgery as saying the girl is likely to remain in a vegetative state if she survives.

The two drivers involved in the hit-and-run are in police custody.  One was arrested by police and the other turned himself in on Monday.

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'Nanjing Judge' To Blame in Hit and Run of Chinese Toddler

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(GUANGZHOU, China) -- Outrage has spread rapidly across China over a hit-and-run where a 2-year-old girl was run over twice by vans and left bleeding in the middle of narrow market street. Eighteen pedestrians and cyclists passed right by the little girl before one woman finally stopped to pull the toddler aside and call for help.

The girl, Wang Yue (nicknamed YueYue), is in critical condition at the Guangzhou Military District General Hospital. Images of her on a respirator were in most of the Chinese press today. Despite numerous microblogs from YueYue’s mother about her daughter’s improving condition (regaining sensation in her limbs), The Guangzhou Daily quoted the hospital’s head of neurosurgery as saying the girl is likely to remain in a vegetative state if she survives.

The two drivers involved in the hit-and-run are in police custody. One was arrested by police and the other turned himself in on Monday.

A security camera video of the incident has gone viral in China and ignited much heated discussion and soul-searching across the country. China’s version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, has created and organized all the comments under the hash tag “Please end the cold-heartedness.” The most popular regional paper the NanFang Daily wrote an editorial about “gathering the scraps of China’s conscience.”

With the introspection comes who or what to blame for the degradation of “Chinese morality” and there seems to be a consensus about the perceived source of the current state of apathy. One netizen wrote, “Don’t blame the passersby; it was a Nanjing judge that killed this little girl.” [YueYue is still alive.]

The “Nanjing judge" refers to an infamous 2006 incident where a young man named Peng Yu went to the aid of an elderly woman who had fallen down on the street in the eastern city of Nanjing. At the woman’s request, Peng helped take her to the hospital only to have the woman turn around and accuse him for being the person who knocked her down. A Nanjing judge then ruled that “common sense” suggested that Peng only took the woman to the hospital because he was guilty and ordered him to pay her medical expenses.

The story was picked up by the Chinese media and quickly became a cautionary tale for many Chinese: no good deed goes unpunished.

In 2009 it was reported that an elderly man, also in Nanjing, fell while getting off a bus. Usually this wouldn’t be news except for the fact that he was only helped up by onlookers after he himself bore responsibility and announced to them that he had fallen on his own.

As news of the hit-and-run spread across the web, another Sina Weibo user “Rushing Forward” wrote, “It can only be said that the [woman who help YueYue] doesn’t read news on the Internet.”

The China Daily reported that in September the Ministry of Health went as far as to issue guidelines on how to help elderly individuals who had fallen down.  “Don’t rush to lend a hand to the elderly after seeing them fall over. It should be handled by different measures in different situations,” the ministry warned This includes determining person’s physical condition, determining the cause of the accident, and making a plan for rescue workers all before deciding to lend a hand.

There are, however, still some good Samaritans around in China. Just last Thursday in the Eastern city of Hangzhou, almost at the same time YueYue was left bleeding in the middle of that market street, a woman dove into the city’s famous West Lake to rescue another drowning woman -- while others looked on.  Later when the commentators were heaping praise on the rescuer’s bravery, they couldn’t ignore the fact that she wasn’t Chinese, but a visiting American tourist.

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Disturbing Video Reveals Hit-and-Run of Chinese Toddler

Getty/George Doyle/Thinkstock(FOSHAN, China) -- Hit-and-run accidents are always horrific, but when more than a dozen people walk by and ignore a bleeding child on the side of the road it’s enough for an entire nation to question what has become of its society.

In a disturbing video captured on a surveillance camera, a toddler named Yueyue is hit by a white van in Foshan, China, near a busy market. The van pauses, then lurches ahead.

Nobody stopped to help the 2-year-old, including one man who walks no more than a foot from where she lay. Then a second van drove down the street. The child was hit again.

After that, at least 13 people walked by the toddler. Some even stopped to look at her, but did nothing. Finally, a woman who had been collecting garbage spotted the girl.  She pulled the child to the side of the road just before another van drove by. Eventually another woman, who appears to be the child’s mother, came over and picked her up off the road.

The little girl was taken to the hospital but she is not expected to live.

China’s Xinhua news agency reported Monday that the child is in a coma and police have arrested both drivers.  According to the BBC, the girl wandered off while her mother was collecting laundry.

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