There are times when one has to wonder about the future of our species. In the video linked below, Angel Torres, 78, is struck by two cars in the streets of Hartford, Connecticut and left in the street. The video shows a dozen cars passed by without stopping and pedestrians doing nothing to help Torres who is now paralyzed from the neck down. No one even bothered to call 9-11 as they walked away.
The video is a chilling reminder of how disconnected and callous many people can be in the face of suffering. What is astonishing is that people are seen slowing down to get a better view of Torres and then continuing on with rendering the slightest assistance. Two cars merely turn around to avoid his obstruction in the road.
Under the common law, there is a “no duty to rescue” rule that relieves us of liability for not acting to help others. Yet, any notion of decency or morality condemns the onlookers as well as the hit-and-run drivers. I am rarely surprised to see people without any sense of humanity. However, it appears that at any given moments in the streets of Hartford as much as 100% of a couple of dozen people could be devoid of both morals and humanity. I expect Hartford is not unique, but this will remain a stain on that city for years to come for decent people living there.
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