Punish Man Who Filmed Teens in Crashed Car Rather Than Helping

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Target: Clifford A. Rosenberger, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives

Goal: Enact legislation that would make it a criminal act to do something like film people dying rather than helping them.

Police say Paul Pelton of Ohio will be charged for entering a vehicle after an accident where he filmed two injured teenagers, one of whom later died, while calling them “idiots” and making no effort to help them. The driver of the vehicle that crashed lost control of the car while crossing railroad tracks and crashed into the side of a house.

Pelton reportedly arrived on the scene before rescuers, climbed into the crashed vehicle through the back door and leaned in to capture video of the severely injured car crash victims on his cellphone. Police said neighbors tried to help the two crash victims while Pelton filmed, and he never tried to help. He even posted the video under a fake name on Facebook and tried to sell the video to multiple news sources.

According to CNET, the tricky part with respect to the law is that the police can only charge Pelton with vehicle trespass, which, if convicted, he would face a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. This is a disgusting act of injustice and it certainly seems there’s something sickening about a man who would try to film and benefit from a vehicle of two boys dying in a car crash rather than help them.

We must make sure this cannot happen again without punishment. Urge officials to enact legislation that would somehow make it a criminal act to do something like film people dying rather than helping them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Clifford A. Rosenberger,

Police say Paul Pelton of Ohio will be charged for entering a vehicle after an accident where he filmed two injured teenagers, one of whom later died, while calling them “idiots” and making no effort to help them.

Pelton reportedly arrived on the scene before rescuers, climbed into the crashed vehicle through the back door and leaned in to capture video of the severely injured car crash victims on his cellphone. Police said neighbors tried to help the two crash victims while Pelton filmed, and he never tried to help. He even posted the video under a fake name on Facebook and tried to sell the video to multiple news sources.

According to CNET, the tricky part with respect to the law is that the police can only charge Pelton with vehicle trespass.

We must make sure this cannot happen again without punishment. I urge you to enact legislation that would somehow make it a criminal act to do something like film people dying rather than helping them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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