Some drivers in China intentionally try to kill pedestrians after accidentally hitting them, according to a new report (video below).
Geoffrey Sant, a professor at Fordham Law School and board member of the New York Chinese Cultural Center, writes in Slate that this type killing is a "fairly common" occurrence in China.
Sant, who is also a lawyer, notes there is a Chinese saying: “It is better to hit to kill than to hit and injure.”
Sant recalled a 2008 incident in which a man accidentally hit a 64-year-old grandmother, but then drove over her multiple times until she was dead.
According to Sant, the man claimed he thought he was driving over a trash bag, and was subsequently found not guilty of intentional homicide, but did get three years in prison for “negligence.”
Sant says Chinese people normally have to pay $30,000 to $50,000 in compensation for killing someone with their car, but can end up paying millions for the lifetime care of disabled victim.
Sant cites examples of "hit-to-kill" cases where drivers killed children, even in incidents of non-serious injuries.
While Chinese lawmakers have taken a stand against these types of crimes, Sant notes that "judges, police and media" will support bizarre claims made by the drivers who hit their victims repeatedly afterwards.
CNN reported in 2011 on a 2-year-old girl, Wang Yue, who was hit by two different vehicles, which left the scene. The toddler suffered on the road as more than a dozen people passed by.
The toddler was taken to hospital, but eventually died.