Chinese Drivers Kill Pedestrians

On purpose:

In April a BMW racing through a fruit market in Foshan in China’s Guangdong province knocked down a 2-year-old girl and rolled over her head. As the girl’s grandmother shouted, “Stop! You’ve hit a child!” the BMW’s driver paused, then switched into reverse and backed up over the girl. The woman at the wheel drove forward once more, crushing the girl for a third time. When she finally got out from the BMW, the unlicensed driver immediately offered the horrified family a deal: “Don’t say that I was driving the car,” she said. “Say it was my husband. We can give you money.”

It seems like a crazy urban legend: In China, drivers who have injured pedestrians will sometimes then try to kill them. And yet not only is it true, it’s fairly common; security cameras have regularly captured drivers driving back and forth on top of victims to make sure that they are dead. The Chinese language even has an adage for the phenomenon: “It is better to hit to kill than to hit and injure.” …

Most people agree that the hit-to-kill phenomenon stems at least in part from perverse laws on victim compensation. In China the compensation for killing a victim in a traffic accident is relatively small—amounts typically range from $30,000 to $50,000—and once payment is made, the matter is over. By contrast, paying for lifetime care for a disabled survivor can run into the millions. The Chinese press recently described how one disabled man received about $400,000 for the first 23 years of his care. Drivers who decide to hit-and-kill do so because killing is far more economical. Indeed, Zhao Xiao Cheng—the man caught on a security camera video driving over a grandmother five times—ended up paying only about $70,000 in compensation.

In 2010 in Xinyi, video captured a wealthy young man reversing his BMW X6 out of a parking spot. He hits a 3-year-old boy, knocking the child to the ground and rolling over his skull. The driver then shifts his BMW into drive and crushes the child again. Remarkably, the driver then gets out of the BMW, puts the vehicle in reverse, and guides it with his hand as he walks the vehicle backward over the boy’s crumpled body. The man’s foot is so close to the toddler’s head that, if alive, the boy could have reached out and touched him. The driver then puts the BMW in drive again, running over the boy one last time as he drives away.

Here too, the driver was charged only with accidentally causing a person’s death. (He claimed to have confused the boy with a cardboard box or trash bag.) Police rejected charges of murder and even of fleeing the scene of the crime, ignoring the fact that the driver ran over the boy’s head as he sped away.

These drivers are willing to kill not only because it is cheaper, but also because they expect to escape murder charges. In the days before video cameras became widespread, it was rare to have evidence that a driver hit the victim twice. Even in today’s age of cellphone cameras, drivers seem confident that they can either bribe local officials or hire a lawyer to evade murder charges.

  • Clink9

    Seems like the kind of people we want more of. Get Justene Turdeau on the case.

    • Ed Ellison

      They are here in droves already, driving up the price of real estate in Vancouver and other assorted Canadian cities.
      Only good thing is, they seem to have lots of money to spend at Canadian car dealerships.

      • Clink9

        Yup. They’re such crappy drivers they keep our economy humming.

        • FactsWillOut

          “If you can blindfold them with dental floss, why give them a driver’s licence?”
          -Andrew Dice Clay.

  • Sad/weird cultural practice.

  • UCSPanther

    Wonder how long before one of those wealthy drivers finds himself surrounded by an angry mob, ready to do some brutal street justice…

    There are stories of Chinese police officers being lynched after getting caught committing horrific acts of brutality, and executions of mob leaders appear to have only limited deterring effects…

    • China has a long history of bloody and brutal rebellions and civil wars dating from the antiquity. If their economy continues to deteriorate, we may see more of what you are talking about (or even much worse).

      • FactsWillOut

        Especially with all their surplus males.

      • UCSPanther

        I remember reading somewhere that the Chinese Politboro was running scared after Tianenmen because they learned that they had near-mutiny conditions in the PLA after they were forced to fire on their own countrymen. The main fear in China’s Politboro is that the PLA may instead turn their guns on both them and any loyalists should another Tianenmen go down.

        Fear of violent uprisings is rumored to be one of the reasons why the Chinese Politboro has been engaging in inquisitions against corruption, because there is groundswell of anger against the actions of corrupt officials.

      • UCSPanther

        I also forgot to mention: One rule that remains constant in many peoples is that few things enrage people more than the deliberate/careless/reckless harming of children. There is a reason why convicts accused of harming children often end up having to be segregated in prison, and why I say that those arrogant drivers are flirting with potential lynchings, especially if the law is too willing to look the other way.

  • They’re also crappy pedestrians. They don’t seem to understand about not walking in front of cars.

    • ismiselemeas

      I love going to the Pacific Mall in Markham, parking the car and then walking really, really slowly across the road in front of all the drivers to get to the doors. It is an act of supreme vengeance.

      • I’m not familiar with Markham. On whom are you wreaking this vengeance?

        • ismiselemeas

          The Pacific Mall is Canada’s biggest Asian (Chinese) Mall.

          • canminuteman

            Is a mall that is all Chinese diverse?

          • ismiselemeas

            More Bio-Diversity than an Aussie coral reef.

          • Ah, so.

        • A distinct feature of the Pacific Mall is its underground parking dominated by the stench of urine coming from the walls. If you have lived in China, you won’t be surprised by that. However, that habit is one of the pieces of our multicultural mosaic that can’t be criticized.

        • Clink9

          Full of tiny little shops selling junky cell phone stuff.

          Used to be a nice tourist destination called Cullen Barns.

  • Martin B

    As of 2010, 848.5 million Chinese were getting by on less than $ 5 a day. If you’re Chinese and you’re wealthy enough to drive around in a new BMW, bribing your way out of any trouble with police and local officials must be easy as pie.

  • David

    is this real?

    • Gettingby

      Seems so. Many cultures believed eating the heart of your victim magically passed on their courage to you. Eating an aborted or dead baby is believed to revitalize and possibly extend one’s life by passing their life force or Qi to the consumer.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Hard to tell.
      A lot of the multicultural apologists are falling all over themselves to denounce this as a hoax, but only of the one of the guy eating the roasted baby.
      The baby soup one looks authentic, but I can’t find any info on it.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The take away from this is that the average Chinese will chose to KILL YOU if they think they can get away with it, and if it’s financially advantageous to do so.
    The Chinese are every bit as diseased as the Muslums are, they are just differently diseased.
    One more group we are better off without, no matter how much looted and stolen money they bring with them.