The advent of social media and the need to take pictures or videos to describe an event in this modern age has clouded the judgment of several, which prevents some people from prioritizing what they need to do in times of crisis. This recent story is about a man who took time to film a fatal car crash instead of helping the victims.
According to the Washington Post, Paul Pelton was at the scene of a fatal car crash in Lorain, Ohio which involved two teenagers. Instead of comforting the victims or assisting them, he took his phone out to film the scene, the Ohio Police reported.
The teenagers, aged 17, drove a Honda sedan over railroad tracks and crashed into a house. On arrival at the Ohio hospital, one of them died while the condition of the other victim was unknown at the time of the report, Washington Post reported.
Some clips from the video revealed that Pelton could be heard in the video referring to the boys trapped in the car as “idiots.”, Washing Post citing Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. “He opened a back door and leaned in to film the boys and then walked around to the front door as he continued recording,” the Media Group reported. “At no time did he try to help either of the boys, the report said.”
He further aggravated issues by posting the video on Facebook with the aim to sell it to multiple TV stations, police alleged. In his defense, it was further reported that Pelton used Facebook to apologize saying “I just wanted to educate people to slow down. I didn’t do that to have some type of gore video,”
The police have since indicted Pelton on misdemeanor charge of vehicular trespassing. He was arrested him Wednesday and he has posted bond, Washington Post reported.