OPP ‘disappointed’ bystanders took photos and video as teens struggled out of burning car
‘You can’t force someone to be a good Samaritan,’ Const. Liz Newton said
Ontario provincial police are ‘disappointed’ in witnesses who took photos and videos of a burning car and failed to call for help while two injured teenagers pulled themselves out.
The early Sunday morning crash happened when a single vehicle crashed into a tree on County Road 27 north of Horseshoe Valley Road in Springwater, Ont.
Both teenagers were still recovering from serious injuries as of Thursday in the Toronto-area trauma centre where they were transported.
Video of the crash and ensuing fire, which appeared on social media, shows people simply driving by instead of stopping to assist, noted Const. Liz Newton.
An officer who came upon the fire at about the same time police received the call from the Fire Department pulled the teens away from the inferno without anyone else around, she said.
No charges have been filed as the inaction of the bystanders is not “necessarily” a criminal act, she added.
“You can’t force someone to be a good Samaritan. It’s just a disappointment and common sense.”
It was unfortunate that for some people getting video footage for social media was “more important than doing the right thing,” Newton said. It was hard to imagine being the teens’ parents and having these videos sent shared with them, she added.
“It could be your brother or your sister,” cautioned Newton. “You’d hope (someone) would stop and render assistance.”
Police are appealing to any motorists who may have seen the collision or stopped to take photos or videos to contact Huronia West OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.