She didn't need to die.
But instead of coming to her aid after she was struck by a taxi in April, passersby left the woman laying in a main road in the city of Zhumadian in Henan Province.
A video shows the woman, surnamed Ma, survived being hit by the first car, lifting her head briefly – and then the SUV comes, rolling over her and leaving her body twisted. Police confirm the accident was fatal.
All of this is shown in a viral video uploaded to Weibo yesterday (viewer discretion advised), though the incident took place on April 21 around 8pm, according to local police.
The minute-and-thirty-four-second clip begins with Ma pausing on a cross walk in the middle of a road before a taxi strikes her. The taxi drives away, leaving her face up in the middle of the road.
Ten seconds pass: at least seven stare at her from the side of the road and a van slows.
Fifty seconds pass: Ma lifts her head – after more bikers, cars and passersby ignore her.
After about one minute: the SUV rolls over Ma, leaving her body twisted. The SUV stops. Only then do people approach.
The Weibo video has more than 70,000 comments and 60,000 shares.
Interviewed witnesses said many reported the accident, but no one 'dared' to personally intervene, according to a report carried today on a Southern Metropolis Daily public WeChat.
Apparently addressing why the video would take about a month and a half to come to light, the Zhumadian Police used Weibo to say 'we can't possibly report all traffic accidents.'
The police add that the two drivers, identified as Zhang and Liu, have been caught and that 'compensation' is already 'in place.'
This case echoes the death of Wang Yue. The 2-year-old was struck by two cars and ignored by 18 passersby in Foshan, Guangdong in October 2011.
[Images via Southern Metropolis Daily]