CNN had footage from a surveillance camera of an elderly pedestrian, Angel Arce Torres, in Hartford who was hit by a Honda and sent toppling.
The video camera showed that “Nine cars pass[ed] Torres as a few people stare[d] from the sidewalk. Some approach[ed] Torres, but most stay[ed] put until a police cruiser responding to an unrelated call arrive[d] on the scene after about a minute and a half.” The Police Chief, shortly after the incident castigated Hartford residents for their lack of a moral compass.
By the next day (Friday 6/608), police were backtracking from that story; it turns out that 4 people did call 911 within a minute of the accident. The hit-and-run victim, Mr. Torres, remains in critical condition. We wish him a speedy recovery.
[For more on the reference to Kitty Genovese, see here, both on the callousness of Americans, and the possible over-exagerations of the non-response.]
For the CNN story, click here.