My colleague, Tom Rigatti, and I were walking on Sixth Ave. just south of 42nd Street ... hoofing it to the PATH train after work ... when he first noticed what appeared to be a man falling down in the left lane of traffic in the pre-dawn of midtown Manhattan.
He'd just been hit by a car while riding his bicycle. A car that didn't stop.
There he was, in a lane of traffic, partially conscious and disoriented.
Not only did the car that hit him leave without stopping, but other drivers, upset that he was in traffic, honked and swerved. But none of them stopped!
Tom and I ran to his aid. By now he was struggling to get up and to right his bicycle.
Our first priority was to get him out of traffic, which we did. I tried to get him to sit down on the curb but he refused. He was quite agitated about what happened to him.
As Tom tried to calm him down I called 911, which upset him even more. As the 911 operator listened in he insisted he did not want EMS.
I told her to please disregard the call because the victim was refusing services. He unsteadily got back on his bike. And Tom continued our now hurried journey to catch our train.
A couple related takeaways:
Who could possibly hit a person on a bicycle and drive away without rendering aid?
And, what could have possibly been going through the minds of those drivers who neglected to stop to help?