Karma struck China’s Wuhu City last weekend as a man who made the fatal decision to flee the scene of an accident later discovered that his victim was his own mother. Sadly, by the time he had made the discovery, his mother had already succumbed to her injuries.

According to reports, the suspect referred to as “Zhang” set out in the early morning for his mother’s home in Anhui Province, China. However, on his way Zhang struck an elderly woman with his car who then collapsed on the ground.

Zhang looked around and saw no other pedestrians or cars in the area. It was then that he made the decision to drive away, thinking he didn’t want to be arrested and sent to prison. Ironically, by fleeing the scene of what was then a simple accident, he had cemented his position as a criminal. Still, as they say “it’s only a crime if you get caught.”

Later, Zhang arrived at his mother’s front door but found that no one was home. He asked a neighbor who told him that the elderly woman had gone out by herself earlier in the day but hadn’t returned. The message immediately caused Zhang’s stomach to turn and he rushed back to the scene of his crime.

Given the time of day and lack of anyone else around, Zhang had a hard time doubting who he had just hit with his car. Then, sure enough, he found his own mother lying in a heap on the ground, unconscious from loss of blood. He called for an ambulance which arrived quickly, but it was already too late and the woman succumbed to her wounds.

Zhang was later charged with hit-and-run but it’s safe to say whatever penalty he faces will pale in comparison to his own mental and emotional anguish.

UPDATE: After the posting this article we learned that Zhang did not actually hit the woman but simply found her lying on the road after being hit by someone else. He initially refused to stop and help for fear that he would be accused of hitting her. We will keep the original article as is since it would put many readers’ comments out of context, and we apologize for the mistake.

Source: Focus China/Livedoor News via My Game News Flash (Japanese), Apple Daily (Chinese)
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