Skip to comments.Video shows bystanders ignoring hit-and-run victim
Posted on 06/05/2008 1:05:45 PM PDT by TexasNative2000
HARTFORD, Conn. - A 78-year-old man is tossed like a rag doll by a hit-and-run driver and lies motionless on a busy city street as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away.
The chilling scene captured on video by a streetlight surveillance camera has touched off a round of soul-searching in Hartford, with the capital city's biggest newspaper blaring "SO INHUMANE" on the front page and the police chief lamenting: "We no longer have a moral compass."
"We have no regard for each other," said Chief Daryl Roberts, who released the video this week in hopes of making an arrest in the daylight accident last Friday that left Angel Arce Torres in critical condition.
The hit-and-run took place about 5:45 p.m. in a working-class neighborhood close to downtown in this city of 125,000.
In the video, Torres walks in the two-way street just blocks from the state Capitol after buying milk at a grocery. A tan Toyota and a dark Honda that is apparently chasing it cross the center line, and Torres is struck by the Honda. Both cars then dart down a side street.
Several cars pass Torres as a few people stare from the sidewalk. Some approach Torres, but most stay put until a police cruiser responding to an unrelated call arrives on the scene after about a minute and a half.
The police chief told The Hartford Courant that he was unsure whether anyone called 911.
"Like a dog they left him there," said a disgusted Jose Cordero, 37, who was with friends Thursday not far from where Torres was struck. Robert Luna, who works at a store nearby, said: "Nobody did nothing."
One witness, Bryant Hayre, told the Courant he didn't feel comfortable helping Torres, who he said was bleeding and conscious.
The accident and bystanders' callousness dominated morning radio talk shows.
"It was one of the most despicable things I've seen by one human being to another," the Rev. Henry Brown, a community activist, said in an interview. "I don't understand the mind-set anymore. It's kind of mind-boggling. We're supposed to help each other. You see somebody fall, you want to offer a helping hand."
The victim's son, Angel Arce, begged the public for help in finding the driver. "My father is fighting for his life," he said.
The hit-and-run is the second violent crime to shock Hartford this week. On Monday, former Deputy Mayor Nicholas Carbone, 71, was beaten and robbed while walking to breakfast. He remains hospitalized and faces brain surgery.
"There was a time they would have helped that man across the street. Now they mug and assault him," police chief said. "Anything goes."
Councilman Matthew Ritter said police can do only so much.
"The citizens are the city," he said. "Everybody has a part to play. Call 911 and reach out."
The uber-liberal New England states HAVE no souls.
Wouldn’t happen down South or Texas. Not in the Bible belt anyway, we take care of neighbors and strangers. Another liberal infested city with the same selfish result.
The end result of banning God and Jesus from the public. Darwinism has replaced them.
Vid here also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s4zAh3-HEE
If someone tries to help him and he dies, his family will sue.
“...Call 911 and reach out.”
“911” is part of the problem. Our children are indoctrinated to “believe” that it’s the job of the police, or fire and rescue, or ANYONE else, BUT NOT THEM, to help others.
Wow...those street surveillance cameras have really contributed to public safety! I wonder if they gave this guy a ticket for laying in the crosswalk on a red light.
The more socialism, the more we hate our fellow man.
Watch the video. Those people showed the same amount of concern over this man getting hit as they would a squirrel.
Wouldn't happen in Colorado Springs, either. The first military member (active or retired) who saw the man would have stopped.
No, these people understand that you intervene at your own peril. I would not want to face a lawsuit from the family if I moved the man and caused more damage. I would stay with the guy to prevent further injury, but would not touch him.
Hate to admit it, but politics influences culture, even at the local level. The lack of responsibility is shocking.
Thank you John Edwards, et al.
That is just an excuse for NOT helping others.
It is also NOT a problem; at least not here in Virginia (and, I think, MANY other states).
The “Good Samaritan” Law protects you from those sorts of law suits. If you, in good faith, attempt to help someone else then you will be safe from ridiculous law-suits, regardless of the outcome.
And even if the law did NOT exist, your argument is STILL just an excuse to avoid doing your duty as a citizen of a civilized nation.
In this case the camera’s seem to have done some good. It gave Hartford a good glimpse of itself.
Where was the Seinfeld episode located where they prosecuted Jerry and friends for not helping the mugging victim?
Park Street in Hartford....terrible area, bad element.
According to our liberal educators friends, this guy is just a highly evolved squirrel, so what’s the difference?
Matthew 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. This behavior is brought about by many things, and liberalism breeds this behavior. No one cares because it is somebody elses job to help out people, not theirs.
He didn't feel comfortable??? Bryant Hayre should be too ashamed to show his face in public, and he should be shunned. However, the dozens of people who also decided not to come to the victim's aid certainly don't have the courage or the morality needed to shun him.
Ah, the Deep Blue Cities. Liberal cesspools.
The sarcastic side of me says “Next time he’ll use the crosswalk”, but in honesty that is some pretty horrible footage. Not so much the accident as the inaction of that many people.
And what the hell were those two cars doing that they flew through there in the wrong lane with one barely missing and the other hitting that poor man. I hope they track down that vehicle and nail that driver to a wall.
That mentality is exactly why he just lays there and its pretty pathetic.
No, they would've stopped if it was a dog.
The "Fast and Furious" generation strikes again.
Everyone has a cellphone these days. If a person doesn’t know proper first aid procedures, they can call 911 for an ambulance and do what they can to pull the person to safety out of oncoming traffic. If they know first aid, they should use it and worry about lawsuits later. This is no excuse for people not to care anything about anybody else like is rampant these days.
I think that ranks right up there (top 10, at least) with the most disgusting and stomach-turning things I have ever seen in this country.
Well at least they did not steal his shoes his wallet or groceries as has been done to other victims that have fared shootings or other hit and runs.
Not trying to make light of this victims plight, but we are fast becoming a nation of callous uncaring populance.
As of 2005, almost 66% of registered voters are democrats in Hartford. Peace and love.
That was my thought too. And I’m a relatively aggressive driver. But I also pay very close attention when I drive and dont do things like what these two cars were doing.
No doubt. The PETA vigil would be round-the-clock.....
CT’s become a liberal bastion.. what do they expect? The more people claim to “care” the less they actually do anything.
Another dem/lib “utopia”...
Sadly, you're absolutely correct.
I would not have tried to move the injured man but I would have called an ambulance and sat beside him and reassured him that help was on the way until it came. I have done that BTW, several times in my life for accident victims. There is something wrong with these people.
Or, Penny Serra
“A 78-year-old man is tossed ... by a hit-and-run driver... as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away.”
Easy to believe in a blue state.
They won’t help an injured ~person~ and *I* almost got into a fist-fight with some guy over which of us was gonna get to save a ~turtle~ off the road.
The world has gone to hell.
punked or similar shows also ‘help’ this situation...
In most jurisdictions, Good Samaritan laws only protect those that have had basic first aid training and are certified by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, American Safety and Health Institute or other health organization. In other jurisdictions, any rescuer is protected from liability, granted the responder acted rationally.
I saw this on TV myself.
I live in Dixie.
Folks would be crawling all over themselves to help.
It’s folks like these that have turned America into a neurotic nanny state.
All they can do is call 911. There’s not much else they can do for the man.
The article states that they don’t know if anyone called 911 or not, and that a police car was there within 2 minutes.
Not sure the story is what it’s being hyped to be.
Someone may have called 911, the others probably heard this, and a cop arrived quickly.
I’m not sure what the bystanders were expected to do, assuming one of them called 911.
They certainly do not want to move him at all.
It’s a consequence of the belief in letting the government do everything. The larger and more pervasive the government, the more infantilized its citizenry.
An infant in a playpen isn’t concerned about the other kid in the next playpen. The only thing that matters to him is his own needs.
This incident exemplifies that.
When I lived in the third world for almost two decades it was common to see bodies for hours or days even rotting on the side of a street or highway....pockets rifled.
Buzzards and feral dogs (the kind libs get from the pound) were happy.
That just broke my heart. Tears, lots of tears. WHAT IN THE HELL HAVE WE BECOME!!!!!
I believe I would assist regardless of a law that protects me. However, CT is not a state that protects a lay person in these scenarios.
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