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Toddler Yue Yue's killer jailed

2012-09-06 10:35

A driver who ran over a toddler in a hit-and-run accident in China has been sentenced to a mere three-and-a-half years in prison, a court spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

The death of the two-year-old triggered a major outcry from the public after surveillance footage of the girl being hit twice was posted online.

HIT TWICE

The toddler, nicknamed Yue Yue, was first run over by a van and then a truck, in October 2011. The video shows more than a dozen people walking past the girl as she lay in the street critically injured. A female rubbish collector finally comes to her aid and picked her up and moved her out of the street.

However, the people walking by might not be as heartless as they seem. In an incident close to that time, a man who tried to help an elderly woman after she fell over was prosecuted, apparently because his intervention broke government rules on dealing with accident victims.

LIGHTER SENTENCE

The driver, Hu Jun, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for accidentally causing the toddler's death by hitting her with his car, AFP reported.

He received a lighter sentence because he voluntarily turned himself into local police after the incident and also paid part of Yue Yue’s medical fees, the China News Service reported.

WARNING: The video is not for sensitive viewers.

AFP

Comments
  • nicolelovelock - 2012-09-06 13:18

    omg i should NOT have watched the video.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-06 13:24

    This is what happens. Those people choose to ignore and not get involved otherwise they might be held accountable. Sick world we live in.

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-09-06 13:35

    Poor child, :( Horrible people didn't help her out. May God rest her soul.

  • lelanie.prinsloo - 2012-09-06 13:35

    I am actually sitting crying! This is sooooo very sad. I can not believe people are so heartless! SOOOO Sad!

  • james.such - 2012-09-06 13:59

    I am so furious now! REALLY wish I could get my hands on those drivers, and ALL 19 people that walked by...

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-09-06 15:01

    Hell people, come to China, there are 1.4BILLION people here,people don't care, you need to SEE it to believe it. Age nor gender makes any difference, it's hard here.

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-09-06 21:09

    These people are disgusting filth, the drivers of the vehicles and the people that walked past should be executed as they do not belong in the human race.

  • merven.halo - 2012-09-07 08:23

    This is one of the most shocking videos I've ever seen. There is no excuse for this, all the people that walked past the kid should be charged. Why did the driver accelerate?

  • rontheogre - 2012-09-07 15:36

    Shows you how little life means to them. Even the most callous of person would attend to a child in need. And people with this attitude are said to be the future saviours of Africa?

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