A foreigner who knocked down a woman with his motorcycle in Beijing on December 2 — he’s pictured above being grabbed by the victim — apparently was working “without a permit” in Beijing and has been deported. Talk about escalating fast. Also, he had been driving the motorcycle without a license, so he was fined 5,000 yuan. Oh, and his father was deported as well for working without a permit. What did either of them actually do?
The December 2 accident hit the headlines because it was thought the woman, surnamed Li, had thrown herself in front of the motorcycle to extort compensation. However, police later said the expat had knocked Li down, caused her injuries, and had shouted at her in Chinese and English.
The photographer later apologized for misleading captions that suggested extortion was at play.
The father, whose name was also not disclosed, will be put under administrative detention for 14 days and fined 10,000 yuan.
He will also be deported after serving his term and their employer will be fined 20,000 yuan, police said.
That’s a lot of collateral damage. The rider reportedly is British and has lived in Beijing six years, which is a long time to still be treated by police like a fresh-off-the-boat laowai.
Police asked the pair to settle the matter privately and the expat gave her 1,800 yuan, she told The Beijing News. The money was used for medical bills, including ambulance fees and medicine, Li said.
Take this as a cautionary tale, expats: register your motorcycles! And take care not to run into anyone.
Also, something something about visa restrictions, “crackdowns” on foreigners, etc.
Motorcycle expat to be deported, along with his father (Shanghai Daily, h/t Alicia)