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China driver who killed toddler in hit-and-run accident jailed: Report

Published on Sep 6, 2012 4:27 PM
Screenshot from a CCTV footage showing Wang Yue, a two-year-old girl who is also known as Yue Yue, being run over by a white van on a street in Foshan city, in Guangdong province. -- PHOTO: ORIENTAL DAILY

BEIJING (AFP) - A driver who ran over a toddler in a hit-and-run accident that shocked China has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, a court spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

The death of the two-year-old girl, nicknamed Yue Yue, triggered a huge public outcry after surveillance camera footage of her being hit by two vehicles last October in the southern Chinese city of Foshan was posted online.

At least 18 people were shown walking past the girl as she lay in the street critically injured, before a female rubbish collector finally picked her up and moved her to the curb.

The video went viral, shocking the Chinese public and triggering an outbreak of national soul-searching about the impact of rapid development and urbanisation on society.

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