Ohio Police Charge Man Who Filmed But Didn’t Aid Teens In Car Crash

An Ohio man was charged on Wednesday 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, police said.

Paul Pelton, 41, was charged with vehicular trespass after he opened a back door and leaned into the vehicle to capture video on his cellphone just after the Monday accident in Lorain, 30 miles west of Cleveland, the Lorain Police Department said.

The crash involved Zachary Goodin and Cameron Friend, both 17. Friend, who was a passenger, was taken to an area hospital where he died of his injuries, while Goodin’s condition was unknown.

Neighbors tried to help the pair while Pelton filmed, and at no time did he try to assist, police said.

Paul Pelton

‘IDIOTS’: Paul Pelton is alleged to have called the boys ‘idiots’ [LORAIN POLICE ]

Pelton, a Lorain resident, was arrested and charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor for entering what police said was a crime scene, not for taking the video or trying to sell it to news organizations after posting it to Facebook, Lorain Police Detective Buddy Sivert said.

Pelton committed a crime only when he entered the car without permission, Sivert said. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

“We searched to try to find anything to charge him with,” Sivert said. “It is not a crime to stick a camera where a kid is dying or try to sell it.”

Pelton posted bond and was released, Sivert said. No court date has been set.

The driver lost control of the car as it crossed railroad tracks and it crashed into the side of a house, police said.


What do you think should happen to this guy?

3 replies on “Ohio Police Charge Man Who Filmed But Didn’t Aid Teens In Car Crash”

Sounds like the cops have a damn good point.

Even if he doesn’t do jail time this is most probably gonna haunt this video-taping-not-helping-injured-and-dying-motorists idiot for the rest of his life.

Haunt him? He probably sees nothing wrong in what he did.

That’s half the problem there.
And just to clarify I meant that (probably) other people’s reactions to his actions will most probably follow him around – negatively – for the rest of his life/for as long as people remember this, not so much that his conscience will bother him (’cause you’re probably right in that he most likely doesn’t see anything wrong in what he did).

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