We found the top contender for the World’s Worst Samaritan.
According to 19ActionNews, a man named Paul Pelton, 41, was arrested earlier this week when he stopped to videotape a fiery auto crash in Lorain, Ohio, that occurred when a Honda Accord flew over some railroad tracks and hit a house.
What the dude didn’t do? Help the two 17-year-old victims. Nope, Pelton thought it a better idea to grab his phone and record the whole thing. He’s even caught on tape referring to the two boys as “idiots.”
Others who were near the scene tried to get to the two boys trapped in the smashed-up car, but Pelton did nothing but stand by and record them as the vehicle burned. He even tried to get a better angle — he “opened a back door and leaned in to film the boys and then walked around to the front door as he continued recording.”
One of the victims, Cameron Friend, reportedly died later at an Ohio hospital. The driver, Zach Goodin, who was speeding at the time of the crash, is currently in critical condition.
After the accident, Pelton reportedly posted his video of the wreck on Facebook and tried to sell it to local media stations. He later apologized in a separate video, saying: “I want to offer a public apology to the families of the kids that got injured or deceased in the car accident. I never intended it to be a video that came across as a gore video. I wanted to put the video out there so other kids could see it and learn from the mistake of speeding and driving recklessly.”
He now faces a misdemeanor charge of vehicular trespassing for entering a crime scene. Cops say they “searched to try to find anything to charge him with,” but noted, “It is not a crime to stick a camera where a kid is dying or try to sell it.”
In a statement, the Lorain Police Department spoke for many when it expressed its dismay at the man’s actions: “The Lorain Police Department would like to remind citizens that … rendering aid or comfort to a dying young man and his severely injured friend is a commendable and kindly act. Persons are not, however, allowed to trespass into a person’s vehicle … for the seemingly singular cause of filming a young man’s dying moments, for profit.”
Photo: Lorain Police Dept.