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'Good Samaritan' isn't so good after all

A WOMAN who played the good Samaritan, claiming she helped an elderly woman but was wrongly held liable for her injuries, was yesterday said by police to be the person who knocked the woman down in the first place.

Xu Qin hit a woman as she rode a moped in Hongkou District on Friday last week, police said, citing surveillance video from a nearby building.

Xu's husband, surnamed Jiang, said last night that he was not aware of her wife hitting the senior before seeing the video. He remained every day at the intersection of Xinshi Road S. and Chezhan Road S., where the accident happened, holding a placard saying: searching for witnesses.

"My wife calmly told me she was innocent after the incident, so I trusted her," Jiang said.

But he said the video was still not clear enough to show whether the senior fell down herself when the moped passed or whether she was really hit by it. He said he would visit the senior again.

Xu has admitted she knocked the senior down, police said. The woman was diagnosed with a fracture and Xu was asked for 80,000 yuan (US$12,903) in compensation for medical bills.

Xu denied she hit the woman before the video was found, saying she just offered a helping hand. A man surnamed Deng said he passed by the scene. He told reporters that he heard from others that Xu didn't hit the senior although he didn't see the woman fall, the Shanghai Evening Post reported earlier.

A Weibo post calling for witnesses to help clear Xu was reposted more than 16,000 times in two days. Now, many netizens expressed outrage.

"What can we really trust?" said a commenter identified as michaelshow.

Another netizen identified as yudiange said the practice "consumed" the public's goodness and compassion and the couple should be punished.


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