Chinese Drivers Purposefully Kill the People they Injure because of this Loophole

In China, drivers who injure pedestrians will run over them again to make sure they are dead.

It seems too barbaric, inhumane and absurd but according to Slate, this is a regular occurrence that has been captured on security cameras. The Chinese mantra is as follows – “It is better to hit to kill than to hit and injure.”

Why, you would ask, for this absolutely heartless adage? In China, if you hit somebody with your car and they survive, you are liable for their medical bills. However, if you kill them, you are required to pay a one-off payment of $30,000 to $50,000 which is usually a lot cheaper than the aforementioned option. Drivers expect to escape murder charges via bribes if they have been captured on camera.

It is simply more economical to kill than fork out millions for compensation.

This hit-to-kill phenomenon stems from the perverse loophole that exists in the Chinese laws. It is simply more economical to kill than fork out millions for compensation.

Geoffrey Sant’s article describes multiple incidents that have occurred.

“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.”

There are so many cases where, even though there is evidence of the driver hitting the victim repeatedly, the drivers are not convicted of murder.

The most horrific of these double-hit cases are when the initial hit doesn’t injure the victim much but the driver will return to kill the victim. In Sichuan province, an enormous truck knocked down a 2 year old toddler. “The toddler was only dazed by the initial blow, and immediately climbed to his feet. Eyewitnesses said that the boy went to fetch his umbrella, which had been thrown across the street by the impact, when the truck reversed and crushed him, this time killing him,” Sant writes in his article.

Eyewitness provided testimonies but the county chief of police declared that the truck never hit the child again. But an outraged website posted photographs of the child’s body under truck’s wheel.

There are so many cases where, even though there is evidence of the driver hitting the victim repeatedly, the drivers are not convicted of murder.

China and Taiwan have passed laws in order to eradicate these horrific hit-to-kill cases, “Yet even when a driver hits a victim multiple times, it can be hard to prove intent and causation—at least to the satisfaction of China’s courts. Judges, police, and media often seem to accept rather unbelievable claims that the drivers hit the victims multiple times accidentally, or that the drivers confused the victims with inanimate objects,” Sant says.

When prosecutors accept the driver’s assertion that the killing was an accident, they are sentenced to prison for only a couple of years. This punishment is not enough to stop future drivers from knocking children over and over again until they’re dead.


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