An Ohio man was arrested on Wednesday after doing something completely despicable. Unfortunately, it was only partially illegal. I have a feeling we're going to see a lot more of this going forward, and it's a complete tragedy.
Two 17-year-old boys were dying right in front of him after a terrible car crash in Lorain, Ohio, and instead of helping or calling emergency for help, he pulled out his smartphone. Why? So he could make a video of the crash to post on Facebook.
Paul Pelton, 41-years-old, was charged with vehicular trespassing for entering the crashed car of the young driver. As he recorded the crash on his phone, Pelton entered the rear of the car and taped the victims, even calling them "idiots."
What's so sad is that Pelton made absolutely no attempt to help the boys or call the police.
“He opened a back door and leaned in to film the boys and then walked around to the front door as he continued recording,” a local media group reported. “At no time did he try to help either of the boys, the [police] report said.”
One of the young men died from the wounds he suffered in the crash at a local hospital and the other is still being treated. His condition is still unknown.
"He went right in after the crash, before the rescuers or police arrived," Lorain Police Detective Buddy Sivert said.
If that's not bad enough, Pelton then tried to sell the tape to two different news organizations and put the video on Facebook under an alias. Facebook has since removed the disturbing video.
“We searched to try to find anything to charge him with,” Sivert told Reuters. “It is not a crime to stick a camera where a kid is dying or try to sell it.”
I really hope we don't see a trend of onlookers more eager to get video views than to help someone when they're in trouble. What do you think about this? Do you think it's as disgusting as I do or are you unmoved?
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