Another Child Dead in Shenzhen Road Tragedy

As much of China still mourns the horrific death of two-year-old Yue Yue and looks for sources of blame in the face of moral negligence, another child was struck and killed by a vehicle in Shenzhen yesterday. From Shanghaiist:

At 11:17am yesterday, at Xixiang Village in Shenzhen’s Bao’an district, a 1 and a half-year-old young girl waskilled outside of her home after she was struck by a truck.

The child had just learned to walk and was playing in a narrow alleyway when the truck backed over her. Both the rear and front wheels of the truck rolled over the young toddler, but it was the rear wheel that delivered the fatal blow to her head. After the incident, the victim’s doorstep was soon full of people, but no one stepped forward to comfort the family.

What once seemed like a freak occurrence is now mentioned with stunning regularity in the news. It’s sad to say that accidents of this sort are far from being a new phenomenon, and the only thing that’s changed has been the amount of media coverage the accidents receive.

When will the madness end? We’d like to know which parents living in high-traffic areas are still willing to let infant children out of their sight. How many more kids have to die before something changes?

See also CDT coverage of another incident last week in which a driver hit a five-year old boy in Sichuan and then deliberately killed him to minimize the financial penalty.

October 28, 2011 10:40 AM
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