Saturday, June 07, 2008

Heartless Hartford Connecticut

Could this kind of callous disregard for our fellow man have happened in any town? Is it because it happened in a high-crime area with a culture of not getting involved? What does this say about America?

The Telegraph (UK) wrote this yesterday:

Angel Arce Torres, 78, was crossing a busy street in the town of Hartford at 5.45 pm on May 30 after buying milk at a local shop. He was hit by a dark Honda driving on the wrong side of the road and was knocked to the ground.

The film shows nine cars driving past Mr Torres’s prostrate body while several pedestrians stop and stare. One rider on a moped even circled him for a closer look before deciding to drive on.

He lay crumpled on the Tarmac without anyone rushing to his aid until a police car - reportedly responding to an unrelated call - arrived on the scene.

City officials did however acknowledge that four people called emergency services within a minute.

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5 comments:

  1. I saw the video and thought it was terrible that not one person attempted to help. But, with lawsuits these days, good samaritans are afraid.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

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  2. Exactly Debbie. If you get involved you could be liable for a lawsuit. So people don't get involved.

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  3. Sorry, there's no excuse. Maybe that goes for normal in Juarez or Tijuana, but in the United States a victim should never be allowed to wallow without assistance. Shame on the witnesses, shame on the driver and shame on us for tolerating such people.

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  4. And then there are those folks like these:

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jun/07/passersby-help-save-woman-child-fatal-fiery-i-40w-/

    (Sorry, I don't know how to do a linky thing on haloscan.)

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  5. I have to agree with Ellen. There was a woman raped and murdered near where I live, and no one helped her. I was not around at the time, but I never forgot that. Now when I hear a woman (or a man) scream, I get on the phone to the police. It is the least I can do. (I won't say what else I do.) Have a nice day!

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