This is the moment – seen over a million times online – a crash victim is carried into the middle of a busy road and left there by family members in a bizarre protest for compensation.
The incident was captured by a traffic camera in the city of Bozhou in East China’s Anhui Province where the unnamed victim had been involved in a rear-end scooter collision, local police said.
Authorities who helped mediate talks between the victim and the allegedly responsible party said the family were given an undisclosed amount of money as initial compensation.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, but family members quickly realised the sum was not enough to cover the medical bills – and they demanded more.
However, the suspect – still under investigation by police – refused to cough up more money before the authorities announce the results of their enquiry, which would determine liability and therefore appropriate punishment or damages owed.
As the family members and the crash suspect argued at the crash site, the victim was brought back to the same spot on a stretcher.
Video shows the victim being carried into the middle of the road and then left there as three relatives simply walk away.
The bizarre protest, reportedly designed to force the suspect’s hand, saw just one family member remaining by the victim’s side as vehicles are forced to brake and go around the person lying on the road under a blanket.
Bozhou police said the dispute was seen by a patrolling vehicle, with officers later ordering the victim to be carried away from the busy road.
The authorities said they urged the family members to await a police verdict on the crash, and to go through legal channels in order to claim more compensation.
The crash victim’s family members are not expected to be punished for the dangerous stunt.
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