Victim of China Hit-and-Run Was Driver’s Own Father

By Shannon Liao, Epoch Times
July 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015


A Shandong hit-and-run driver was shocked to learn that the man he had knocked over and abandoned in a traffic accident was his own father.

Police later released the driver, surname Li, to rush home to tend to his injured dad who was around 50 years old.

The morning of June 30, Li accidentally drove his Dongfeng minivan into a man riding a scooter, sending the latter flying into the pavement. 

Too hesitant to check on the injured man, Li drove to the automobile repair shop, while reportedly calling his wife to check on the victim for him, according to Qilu Evening News, a local Shandong newspaper. His wife told him on the phone, “It was your dad that you hit and ran from. He’s now in the hospital with brain injuries.”

A netizen from Hubei Province wrote on Sina Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like platform, “It’s karma! Unfortunately, his innocent father was the victim.”

Police had detained Li after identifying him as the hit-and-run perpetrator by matching his car to fragments of a car bumper found at the accident site. They were surprised to find that the victim was Li’s father. Li then urged police not to tell his dad who the hit-and-run driver was, fearing his father would never forgive him.