Driver on trial over toddler's death in hit-run

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Wang Yue's family(L) and the woman who helped her.

A minibus driver responsible for a toddler's death in a hit-and-run accident last October stood trial Friday in a court in south China's Guangdong province.

Hu Jun allegedly hit and crushed the two-year-old girl, but failed to stop to help her at about 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2011, on a market street in the city of Foshan, according to a statement from the People's Procuratorate of Nanhai District of Foshan.

Hu was driving in dim lighting conditions amid torrential rain without turning on the headlights of his vehicle. He thought that he had hit something but failed to stop and check, said the statement.

Hu saw a surveillance video of the accident on the Internet on Oct. 16 and realized that he was responsible for the incident. He turned himself into police the same day, said the statement.

The girl, named Wang Yue, was crushed by Hu's minibus and another vehicle and was left to bleed on the street while 18 pedestrians and cyclists passed her without stopping to help. She was eventually helped by an old woman but died of brain failure on Oct. 21.

The video showing the entire course of the accident was posted online and sparked a nationwide criticism of a lack of morality in Chinese society.

Hu's behavior violated China's Criminal Law. He was charged with negligence resulting in the death of another person, according to the procuratorate.

The People's Court of Nanhai District will announce the verdict on another date.

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