An Ohio man was arrested after he recorded a video of a teenager’s dying moments on his cell phone instead of helping the boy who had just gotten into a high-speed car crash.
The accident occurred around 1 a.m. Monday. A car had crashed into a house in Lorain and left 17-year-old Cameron Friend unresponsive, Fox 8 reported.
Friend was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead. The driver, Zachary Gooden, also 17 years old, was critically injured. Gooden was speeding past a railroad track at the time of the incident, according to police.
(Cameron Friend, via GoFundMe page)
While neighbors rushed to help the boys, 41-year-old Paul Pelton took a different approach.
“While others were rendering aid to these boys, a male took the opportunity to video this horrible scene with his [cell phone],” Lorain police said. “In the video, the male makes comments that the boys were ‘idiots,’ and holds his cell phone so that he can film these two boys who were in medical crisis.”
Pelton also opened the car door at one point to film inside the vehicle. He did not turn the video over to authorities, but he did attempt to sell the footage to news stations.
The Lorain Police Department called Pelton’s actions an attempt to make a profit from “a young man’s dying moments.”
Pelton was arrested on a vehicle trespass charge. He said he apologized to the family and that he was just trying to warn other drivers, but neighbors weren't buying it.
“You could show every detail of a car and what happened and give great narration on somebody else’s judgment but look at your own,” said one resident, according to Fox 8. “Those were kids.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Friend family with funeral costs.
Photo Credit: Screenshot from Fox 8