When we first saw this photograph, we thought it was a parent grieving over the loss of their own child or loved one. The raw emotional power of the gut-wrenching scene is enough to make any viewer question what’s actually going on.
In the photo, you can clearly see that the windshield of a vehicle is shattered and a white sheet is placed over someone’s lifeless body. There is also a bicycle visible in the left corner. Just these three elements alone are enough to help you figure out that how the victim died. What you don’t know is that the man sitting on the road with his face buried in his hands isn’t the victim’s father or relative.
It’s the man who was driving the vehicle at the time of the fatal accident — the one who killed the person covered by the sheet.
This unnamed man accidentally struck and killed an eight-year-old child riding their bike, and is in complete shock of what just happened.
The pain and remorse he is dealing with in this photograph left us speechless. We can’t even begin to comprehend what it would be like to deal with the emotional aftermath, as well as the guilt, fear and shame of such an incomprehensible tragedy.
Accidentally harming or killing another person is one of the most distressful experiences anyone can imagine, and coping with such grief poses incredible challenges. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the person who accidentally hurts another being suffers too.
Have you or anyone you know ever had to deal with such a tragic circumstance? How did you cope?