Camera captures hit and run, no one helps

June 5, 2008 1:24:46 PM PDT
A surveillance video camera captured some disturbing images of a hit and run in Hartford, Connecticut. It left a man paralyzed, but what it shows after the accident is even more disturbing. Not one person stopped to help the victim. Angel Torres was crossing the street when he was hit by a car that swerved over the center line. He flipped over the car and landed in the middle of the street. The driver took off. And, what happened next really has the police chief upset.

The surveillance video shows 10 cars passed by Torres lying on the street. Two others turned around and went the opposite way. More witnesses on the sidewalk walked over, but police say no one called 9-1-1 and no one helped the victim.

When asked why no one called 9-1-1, one witness said "I didn't have my phone on me at the time." Police say Angel Torres was lying in the street for more than a minute and a half before a police officer, on his way to another call, saw him lying in the street. That's when an ambulance was dispatched.

"It's a clear indication of what we have become. We see a man laying in the street who has been hit by a car and people are just driving by, and people around him walk by him. People always say what are the police doing? That is not a police problem," said chief Daryl Roberts.

Police are asking witnesses who drove off to please come forward and contact detectives, and do the right thing. In Roberts words, "At the end of the day, we have to look at ourselves and understand that our moral values have changed and we have no regard for ourselves."