Nope, not talking about baseball today… Especially less than 24 hours since the Stanley Cup was awarded. Hello?

Today’s post asks “Has society really gone this far?

Apparently, it has.

Take a look at the video below. It’s from a, um, car accident a few days ago in the city of Hartford, Connecticut.

I’ll warn you — it’s a little graphic.

Now, an elderly man tumbling through the air is pretty disturbing on its own, but the fact that no one who saw the whole thing did anything, to me, is far more troubling.

According to the Chief of Police, Daryl Roberts, a 911 call apparently wasn’t even made.

In an unusual display of public anger, Hartford’s police chief Wednesday gave vent to his feelings about the recent violence afflicting his city and the lack of decency among residents.

“They hit a man, drive away and people walk by like nothing happened,” Roberts said. “It’s incredible how people could be so inhumane.”

Roberts said he still isn’t sure that anyone called 911. A patrol car heading east on Park Street came upon Angel Arce Torres as the officer was responding to another call.

Bryant Hayre, 37, of Hartford, had bought a pack of cigarettes Friday at Danny’s Grocery at 33 Park St. and then walked over to the accident scene.

“Whoever did this should be sent away for a long time,” Hayre said Wednesday. “It was as if he was a dog left in the street to die.”

Hayre said he didn’t try to help Torres because “people could see that he was conscious.”

“I’m not skilled enough when it comes to blood flowing or I would have helped him,” Hayre said.

Other bystanders speculated that people were afraid to get involved because they thought Torres had been shot or don’t feel comfortable talking to police.

“Everybody knew him, but nobody helped,” said Anthony Jenkins, 45, of 87 Park St. “I guess everybody is different. Some people are just out for themselves.”

I’ll admit, I won’t stop for a little fender bender or when I see someone back into another car in a parking lot — cars don’t bleed.

But something like this?! I can’t imagine just swerving around it.  Come on…

“Hey, look! Bleeding body in the road…”

Being one of the bystanders (hustlers?) loitering on the street corner , I dunno, I still think I would have gone out onto the road and stopped traffic. 

Something?!

Hey, at least no one tried to take his wallet, right? It’s terrible that I even have to say that.

It’s sad. Actually, it kind of makes me angry. I can’t help but think of our own accident on the highway last year.  It hardly compares to this, but not one car stopped. Not one.

In the end, the man, 78 year old Angel Torres is expected to survive. That’s good news.

The bad news is that he’s paralyzed.

That’s really sad.

You could tell he was in great shape for his age as he made his way across the street and now, well, he’ll spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

He even looked both ways!? I mean, come on…

When was the last time you saw someone under the age of twenty look both ways before crossing the street? Apparently that isn’t common knowledge anymore.

Hell, in my neighborhood the squirrels even look both ways?! The kids, well, they don’t.

But this poor guy did everything right and the two thugs that are responsible will likely get away with it and laugh about it for the rest of their lives…

And even if they do get caught, the punishment will likely only result in a traffic citation and a 48-hour license suspension.

Yeah, that’s justice.  Whatever…

6 COMMENTS

  1. Unbelievable.

    Here in downtown Atlanta, hardly ANYONE looks when crossing the street around here…it’s almost like it went out of style or something.

    I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat when doing something as mundane as driving a mile and a half to the grocery store – you just never know who’s going to come out of the woodwork and decide to bolt in front of your car. Scary stuff.

  2. I hate to be the callous one but isn’t that why we establish cross walks and why jay-walking is illegal?

    I’d also say that, while I’m incredibly disappointed in the bystander response, is it any wonder why? In a society where you can be sued for trying to help people and unintentionally being caught up in a myriad of legal issues, do we really have to ask the questions why no one helped?

    Look to our legal system if you want to find where the true moral compass of this society is headed.

  3. I agree that people need to look before they cross the street, however pedestrians have the ultimate right-of-way. Do you expect a 7 year old child to watch every move they make? What if this had been your child instead of an old man? Drivers are responsible for the vehicle they are operating, pedestrians are not responsible for your bad driving habits. That said, even if the guy was clearly jay-walking, that does not forgive the driver who hit him or anyone else for not helping him. Let’s consider for a moment that instead of a stranger this is your elderly father or grandfather. Wouldn’t you want someone to help them? America will never be a great nation if we can’t show empathy and compassion to one another. Never forget that what goes around comes around and I hope someone is there to help you when some jerk runs you over…but I doubt it.

  4. I didn’t realize you could be sued for calling 911. If the legal system is the first thing you think of when you witness something like this, I feel sorry for you Jason.

  5. In response to JGer’s questions, “Do you expect a 7 year old child to watch every move they make? What if this had been your child instead of an old man?”

    Yes, actually, I do expect 7 year old children to watch where they’re going. I did. Our parents taught us that. Teachers taught us that. Crossing guards taught us that. Apparently, children are no longer taught that.

    I think my previous response covers your second question — my kid will know to look before crossing.

    I can’t really blame the victim here — crosswalk or not — he did look both ways. The two cars that hit him were, I dunno, racing or something — that’s a real crime (in comparison to jay-walking) that endagers everyone.

    Are people blind to the fact that both cars were on the wrong side of the road in heavy traffic?

    It’s just a sad state… It won’t be much longer now until red lights are completely meaningless…

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