Horrifying footage has emerged online showing a woman being hit by a taxi and left lying in the middle of a crossroad for more than two minutes.
According to the Daily Mail, over 20 onlookers ignored the wounded pedestrian as they walked past her before an SUV ran her over for a second time.
She was killed after the second accident, said the police.
A video of the incident was uploaded on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, on June 7. The post has been viewed more than 26 million times.
The footage shows the woman, in a white top, waiting in the middle of the road as she tried to go to the other side. A red taxi drove past the zebra lines without stopping and hit the woman.
About five onlookers stood near the woman and witnessed the accident. However, none of them went up to help the woman. In the next minute, more than 20 onlookers crossed the road. They ignored the woman who appeared to be struggling. Cars drove past her slowly, but none stopped to help her.
The woman lifted her head and appeared to be struggling to get up.
Another minute later, a silver SUV drove past the crossing and ran straight over the woman.
The video ends as a female driver came out from the SUV and looked at the victim.
There are no traffic lights at the crossing, according to Beijing Times, a Chinese newspaper,
Henan police bureau posted a statement confirming the incident which took place at a crossroad in Zhumadian city, Henan Province, on April 21.
The victim has been identified by her surname Ma.
The two drivers, surnamed Zhang and Liu respectively, were found by the police on the morning of April 22. The drivers are expected to face prosecution.
The incident has sparked heated discussions online.
Many people condemned the passers-by to be ‘cold-hearted’ and wondered how they could have watched a person die.
One web user questioned: “What kind of society are we living in? If I were there, I would have stopped all the cars and called emergency services for the woman. I guess this is the basic principle of humanity, isn’t it?”
‘Roleo’ criticised: “A country will never be a great country if their people have such disgracing personality.”
However, some people defended the passers-by by saying they could be unsure of the authenticity of the accident.
One of them said: ‘I guess most of the people there wanted to help, but they were scared. They didn’t know if they should lift her up or not.”
There were comments blaming the police for posting a statement only after the video was revealed to the public.
“Two months later and they are still investigating?” One web user asked.