UPDATE: 'Crowd took photos and abused me as I saved Catford crash victim's life'

Man, 21, in life-threatening condition after being hit by Catford car

Man, 21, in life-threatening condition after being hit by Catford car

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A woman who gave first aid to a Catford crash victim claims a crowd of onlookers refused to help and stood taking pictures with their mobile phones and hurling abuse instead.

Lee Bristow, 45, was driving along Perry Hill at around 2am on July 22 when she saw the 21-year-old pedestrian getting hit by a car.

The man, named locally as Alexander, was later taken to hospital suffering serious head and chest injuries and is in a life-threatening condition.

Ms Bristow said she stopped her car and rushed over to help after seeing a group of people drag the man to the central reservation and put a blanket on him.

She said: "I tried to open the guy's airways so he could breathe.

"There's five people standing over this guy. I asked them to help me get him in a position to open his airways. No one wanted to help. They were just taking pictures and basically watching the guy die."

She added: "What was the most disturbing bit about it is there were five adults leaning over a 21-year-old boy and no one was helping. No one would get down on their hands and knees and get blood on them and help this guy who was actually breathing his last breath.

"The crowd was so hostile. There was a lady there who was just abusing me.

"I got the police on the phone to me, telling me what to do.

"Truthfully, if I'd never opened his airways when I did he wouldn't be alive today."

Ms Bristow, who said one woman did eventually help her, later drove to King's College Hospital and spoke to the police about what had happened. Later that day she went back to the scene to speak to those people who had refused to help.

A 62-year-old woman, who said she was "upset" with Ms Bristow for moving the victim, said: "I went out with one of my neighbours because it sounded bad and I saw this young guy in the road.

"He had been hit by a car and he was in a very bad way.

"There was the car driver and another guy who were calling for an ambulance on their phones. There were a couple of other people - someone brought a blanket out.

"The car was a wreck, the windscreen was completely smashed.

"We were in shock. It was absolutely awful."

The woman added the young man had been having an argument with his girlfriend before the accident.

She said: "The guy - his name is Alexander - he had been arguing with his girlfriend just before it happened.

"Later she turned up and there were hysterics.

"The driver was saying he had just walked out in front of the car."

The woman added there have been a number of accidents along that stretch of road in recent years.

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12:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

HelpDesk says...

Extreme stupidity and carelessness, what law enforcement agency can do in this regard to help victim. (Editor, Techvedic)
Extreme stupidity and carelessness, what law enforcement agency can do in this regard to help victim. (Editor, Techvedic) HelpDesk
  • Score: 17

4:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

molsey says...

HelpDesk wrote:
Extreme stupidity and carelessness, what law enforcement agency can do in this regard to help victim. (Editor, Techvedic)
On the weed again are we - thicko.
[quote][p][bold]HelpDesk[/bold] wrote: Extreme stupidity and carelessness, what law enforcement agency can do in this regard to help victim. (Editor, Techvedic)[/p][/quote]On the weed again are we - thicko. molsey
  • Score: -33

10:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Harold_Monk says...

Stay single, fellas. I can save your life!
Stay single, fellas. I can save your life! Harold_Monk
  • Score: 6

5:23am Wed 23 Jul 14

molsey says...

Harold_Monk wrote:
Stay single, fellas. I can save your life!
Do you mean "It"?
[quote][p][bold]Harold_Monk[/bold] wrote: Stay single, fellas. I can save your life![/p][/quote]Do you mean "It"? molsey
  • Score: -23

2:29pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Linja says...

I expect the thought of getting their camera phone photo in the papers (because they do ask - dont they Newsshopper!) How many times do we see 'If you saw this accident etc' so people think thats more important unfortunately than helping someone.
I expect the thought of getting their camera phone photo in the papers (because they do ask - dont they Newsshopper!) How many times do we see 'If you saw this accident etc' so people think thats more important unfortunately than helping someone. Linja
  • Score: 36

3:21pm Wed 23 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

Lets not jump to conclusions here. The other party involved were not asked for there side of the story. This is just the woman who pulled over to respond to the incident statement of what happened. Ive been at several incidents including a woman who tried to set her self in fire in sidcup and there have been members of the public fighting with each other over who will be the hero and get there face in the paper only they hinder the rescue efforts while there bickering about how to administer first aid and who should get the medal.
Lets not jump to conclusions here. The other party involved were not asked for there side of the story. This is just the woman who pulled over to respond to the incident statement of what happened. Ive been at several incidents including a woman who tried to set her self in fire in sidcup and there have been members of the public fighting with each other over who will be the hero and get there face in the paper only they hinder the rescue efforts while there bickering about how to administer first aid and who should get the medal. swanleyperson
  • Score: 28

3:35pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Lets not jump to conclusions here. The other party involved were not asked for there side of the story. This is just the woman who pulled over to respond to the incident statement of what happened. Ive been at several incidents including a woman who tried to set her self in fire in sidcup and there have been members of the public fighting with each other over who will be the hero and get there face in the paper only they hinder the rescue efforts while there bickering about how to administer first aid and who should get the medal.
"Lets not jump to conclusions here"

You fool you do that all the time on here.
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Lets not jump to conclusions here. The other party involved were not asked for there side of the story. This is just the woman who pulled over to respond to the incident statement of what happened. Ive been at several incidents including a woman who tried to set her self in fire in sidcup and there have been members of the public fighting with each other over who will be the hero and get there face in the paper only they hinder the rescue efforts while there bickering about how to administer first aid and who should get the medal.[/p][/quote]"Lets not jump to conclusions here" You fool you do that all the time on here. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 10

3:48pm Wed 23 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

How do you know? I might be standing? I might be sitting down? How do you know that im jumping?
How do you know? I might be standing? I might be sitting down? How do you know that im jumping? swanleyperson
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

"Lets not jump to conclusions here"


You wrote it boi not me.
"Lets not jump to conclusions here" You wrote it boi not me. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 15

4:29pm Wed 23 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

How disgusting. More interested in filming than helping. I hope they find themselves in need of a good samaritan who then decides to film them rather than help. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
How disgusting. More interested in filming than helping. I hope they find themselves in need of a good samaritan who then decides to film them rather than help. You should be ashamed of yourselves. concerned.erith
  • Score: 38

4:43pm Wed 23 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
"Lets not jump to conclusions here"


You wrote it boi not me.
i cant write. i have a guy from the job center that translates my drunken swanley slurs in to English that can be understood. you small sample of feces. you think you are made from a brick room made for storing manure but you are mistaken. you are in-fact, just a long stream of urine. where is my confounded drink of ale. did you steal it? (mumbling followed by snoring)
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: "Lets not jump to conclusions here" You wrote it boi not me.[/p][/quote]i cant write. i have a guy from the job center that translates my drunken swanley slurs in to English that can be understood. you small sample of feces. you think you are made from a brick room made for storing manure but you are mistaken. you are in-fact, just a long stream of urine. where is my confounded drink of ale. did you steal it? (mumbling followed by snoring) swanleyperson
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
"Lets not jump to conclusions here"


You wrote it boi not me.
i cant write. i have a guy from the job center that translates my drunken swanley slurs in to English that can be understood. you small sample of feces. you think you are made from a brick room made for storing manure but you are mistaken. you are in-fact, just a long stream of urine. where is my confounded drink of ale. did you steal it? (mumbling followed by snoring)
Tell your translator then to start sentences with a capital letter if you would be so kind.

It's good to know that the Lully has Wi-Fi though.

THAnK yOu
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: "Lets not jump to conclusions here" You wrote it boi not me.[/p][/quote]i cant write. i have a guy from the job center that translates my drunken swanley slurs in to English that can be understood. you small sample of feces. you think you are made from a brick room made for storing manure but you are mistaken. you are in-fact, just a long stream of urine. where is my confounded drink of ale. did you steal it? (mumbling followed by snoring)[/p][/quote]Tell your translator then to start sentences with a capital letter if you would be so kind. It's good to know that the Lully has Wi-Fi though. THAnK yOu Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 7

10:08am Thu 24 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

Harold_Monk wrote:
Stay single, fellas. I can save your life!
No wonder you're single!
[quote][p][bold]Harold_Monk[/bold] wrote: Stay single, fellas. I can save your life![/p][/quote]No wonder you're single! concerned.erith
  • Score: -15

12:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

disgruntres says...

Why is it that so often people like Swanley person, Gypo Joe and often several others use an article as an excuse to be abusive to one another. They submit comments wich have no relevance to the article.
In this instance it showed how little compassion the majority have for human life, dignity in death or being good citizens with humanity. One day it might be themselves or friends and family requiring assistance from a passer by. This lady acted immediately and suffered abuse and distress. Well done whoever you were you showed what little it takes to be a good human being.
Shame on the onlookers and to everyone who feels they wish to turn this article into a slanging match.
Why is it that so often people like Swanley person, Gypo Joe and often several others use an article as an excuse to be abusive to one another. They submit comments wich have no relevance to the article. In this instance it showed how little compassion the majority have for human life, dignity in death or being good citizens with humanity. One day it might be themselves or friends and family requiring assistance from a passer by. This lady acted immediately and suffered abuse and distress. Well done whoever you were you showed what little it takes to be a good human being. Shame on the onlookers and to everyone who feels they wish to turn this article into a slanging match. disgruntres
  • Score: 18

4:01pm Thu 24 Jul 14

poohbear3931 says...

I dread to think where the self-important Ms Bristow did her "first aid training". The school of ambulance chasing? I can assure everyone that by the time Ms Bristow screeched to a halt and started shouting and interfering that all that could be done for this unfortunate lad had been done. He was profoundly unconscious. There were about half-a-dozen people doing their best for him
and the car driver. The lad had been placed in the recovery position and his airways checked. A kind person had provided a blanket. Nobody was taking photos. The instructions from the ambulance service was that on no account should he be moved further. When Ms Bristow arrived she was told not to move the lad but she started pulling him around and being abusive to his girlfriend who was clearly distraught. This is an example of the harm that these "first aiders" do. And now she is making horrible allegations. I think she needs to have a refresher course in "first aid" before she does any more harm. Hero? Definitely not. Shame on you, Ms Bristow.
I dread to think where the self-important Ms Bristow did her "first aid training". The school of ambulance chasing? I can assure everyone that by the time Ms Bristow screeched to a halt and started shouting and interfering that all that could be done for this unfortunate lad had been done. He was profoundly unconscious. There were about half-a-dozen people doing their best for him and the car driver. The lad had been placed in the recovery position and his airways checked. A kind person had provided a blanket. Nobody was taking photos. The instructions from the ambulance service was that on no account should he be moved further. When Ms Bristow arrived she was told not to move the lad but she started pulling him around and being abusive to his girlfriend who was clearly distraught. This is an example of the harm that these "first aiders" do. And now she is making horrible allegations. I think she needs to have a refresher course in "first aid" before she does any more harm. Hero? Definitely not. Shame on you, Ms Bristow. poohbear3931
  • Score: -7

8:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

disgruntres would you like me to be rude and abusive to you ? Are you feeling left out ?
If you say something stupid enough I'm sure I can accommodate you, I'm very inclusive like that.

;)
disgruntres would you like me to be rude and abusive to you ? Are you feeling left out ? If you say something stupid enough I'm sure I can accommodate you, I'm very inclusive like that. ;) Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 16

8:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

moggy80 says...

Poohbear is right. It is extremely dangerous to move someone in that state. The woman may have been doing more harm than good. If an ambiance was on its way, he should have been kept warm and spoken to.
You even learn in your driving theory not t move someone with possible head and back injuries.
Poohbear is right. It is extremely dangerous to move someone in that state. The woman may have been doing more harm than good. If an ambiance was on its way, he should have been kept warm and spoken to. You even learn in your driving theory not t move someone with possible head and back injuries. moggy80
  • Score: 0

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