Of course this is not the first time we’re talking or you’re hearing about weird things that happen in China, pretty normally too. They have super weird habits and rituals, but with this one, they’ve gone literally too far. Let me tell you something. There’s this Chinese proverb which says: It is better to hit to kill than to hit and injure. The sad part is, drivers in the country are strictly following this rule.
According to an article by Geoffrey Saint, this has become quite regular in China. Several such incidents have been recorded in security cameras too.
The reason behind this heinous act is the compensation bills. If a driver hits somebody with his/her car and the person survives, the driver is liable for their health care bills for the rest of their lives, which can sometimes sum up to millions. Whereas if the person dies because of the accident, the driver is simply required to pay a one-off payment of around $30,000 to $50,000. So apparently, murder is a better option than letting a person be an accident-survivor.
This year in April, a racing BMW hit a 2-year-old in a fruit market in Foshan in China's Guangdong and rolled over her head. Instead of coming out of the car to check the condition of the child, the lady driver switched to the reverse gear immediately and crushed the girl for the third time. When the girl's grandmother shouted, "Stop! You've hit a child!", the woman, who was an unlicensed driver, offered her a monetary deal saying, "Don't say that I was driving the car. Say it was my husband. We can give you money."
According to Saint's article: "Hit-to-kill cases continue, and hit-to-kill drivers regularly escape serious punishment. In January a woman was caught on video repeatedly driving over an old man who had slipped in the snow. In April a school bus driver in Shuangcheng was accused of driving over a 5-year-old girl again and again. In May a security camera filmed a truck driver running over a young boy four times; the driver claimed that he had never noticed the child. Security cameras have regularly captured drivers driving back and forth on top of victims to make sure that they are dead."