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Video shows bystanders ignoring hit-and-run victim

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 5, 2008

Video shows bystanders ignoring hit-and-run victim

Police released chilling surveillance video of a hit-and-run accident in hopes of catching the unidientified driver who ran down a 78-year-old pedestrian, paralyzing him, and to show the callousness of bystanders who did nothing to help.

The gripping one-minute video shows the violent May 30 accident and bystanders’ apparent lack of sympathy. No one rushes to Angel Arce Torres’ aid, and no one bothers to stop traffic as Torres lays motionless in the street.

Several cars pass Torres as a few people stare from the sidewalk. Some approach Torres, but most stay put until a police cruiser responding to an unrelated call arrives on the scene.

Police suggested the video shows a city that has lost its moral compass.

“At the end of the day we’ve got to look at ourselves and understand that our moral values have now changed.” Police Chief Daryl Roberts said. “We have no regard for each other.”

Torres is paralyzed and remains in critical condition in Hartford Hospital.

Witness Bryant Hayre said he didn’t feel comfortable helping Torres, who he said was bleeding and conscious.

“Whoever did this should be sent away for a long time,” Hayre told The Hartford Courant. “It was as if he was a dog left in the street to die.”

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