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Bump
02-23-2011, 09:26 PM
You are on the road, nobody is around. You see a child crossing the street and the only other car around crashes into that child and drives off. You are the only other person around that could have witnessed this tragedy.

What do you do?

A. Stop and help the child while using your cell phone to get an ambulance and provide a weak description of the car who hit the kid and drove off and which direction they went. Also you try to provide as much assistance to the child that you are capable of.

B. You follow that bastard while using your cell phone to call for an ambulance of where the child was hit and tail the bastard until police help arrives and brings that fucker to justice, which the police probably wouldn't have been able to do if you stopped.

I think there are very strong cases for both scenarios and I am not exactly sure which is the correct response. If you are a doctor or an EMT, you obviously stop because you will have the skills to help the kid before help arrives. But an average joe wouldn't know for sure how to help, but maybe they could do something, maybe not. But by stopping, the hit and run guy most likely gets away.

What would you do?

jd1020
02-23-2011, 09:29 PM
Only a dumbass would leave the child.

DaFace
02-23-2011, 09:29 PM
Only a dumbass would leave the child.

Have to agree. Far better for the bad guy to get away than for the kid to die.

WV
02-23-2011, 09:30 PM
Where's the "chase the POS down and run them off the road into a nice big tree" option?

stlchiefs
02-23-2011, 09:31 PM
Even if you know the kid is going to die, I'm not sure you leave him to die alone. I'd be there to provide as much help and comfort as possible.

luv
02-23-2011, 09:32 PM
Stay with the child. Could you imagine laying there all alone?

Take as much of a mental snapshot as you can. Color, make and model of vehicle. License plate if possible. But you do not leave the child.

milkman
02-23-2011, 09:33 PM
Have to agree. Far better for the bad guy to get away than for the kid to die.

I wouldn't leave the child, but frankly, I doubt that anything I might be able to do will prevent the child from dying.

jd1020
02-23-2011, 09:33 PM
Even if you know the kid is going to die, I'm not sure you leave him to die alone. I'd be there to provide as much help and comfort as possible.

The other thing is, even if you dont know what to do it's not like when you call in that they are going to take down the location and say thank you, bye. They are going to walk you through what should be done.

Bump
02-23-2011, 09:34 PM
I think it's a tough situation. The ambulance is coming no matter what, because you would have your cell phone. Stay with the child providing whatever help you can seems like the option I would take, but I would also really really want that bastard brought to justice.

milkman
02-23-2011, 09:36 PM
I just hope that if I ever find myself in that kind of situation, that I stayed at a Holiday Inn the night before.

luv
02-23-2011, 09:37 PM
I think it's a tough situation. The ambulance is coming no matter what, because you would have your cell phone. Stay with the child providing whatever help you can seems like the option I would take, but I would also really really want that bastard brought to justice.

Chances are, they didn't do it on purpose, and they freaked. They'll either turn themselves in, or they will have to live with it the rest of their life (which they'll have to do anyway). It's not like they're on their way to see if they can find another kid to run over.

DaFace
02-23-2011, 09:37 PM
I wouldn't leave the child, but frankly, I doubt that anything I might be able to do will prevent the child from dying.

Eh, there are millions of possibilities in terms of the severity of the injury. And a ton of them would be helped by someone by someone with a very basic understanding of the human body. For example, I'd hope that just about anyone could say, "Look at that giant gash with blood pouring out of it. Perhaps I should try to put pressure on it to reduce the blood loss."

You're probably right that, in many cases, you wouldn't be able to do anything. But no way am I driving off without trying.

jd1020
02-23-2011, 09:38 PM
In all honesty. I'd probably just walk away. No need to stick your nose in others business.

DaFace
02-23-2011, 09:38 PM
On a side note, WTF did this thread topic come from?

Bump
02-23-2011, 09:38 PM
Chances are, they didn't do it on purpose, and they freaked. They'll either turn themselves in, or they will have to live with it the rest of their life (which they'll have to do anyway). It's not like they're on their way to see if they can find another kid to run over.

also, there are too many people out there who it wouldn't bother them a bit. Being freaked out and having to live their life normally isn't good enough for me. I still think I would stop, but I would be very tempted to follow.

Bump
02-23-2011, 09:40 PM
On a side note, WTF did this thread topic come from?

the news. They are still searching for a hit and run driver on a cute little girl who is recovering.

Bacon Cheeseburger
02-23-2011, 09:46 PM
In all honesty. I'd probably just walk away. No need to stick your nose in others business.
Jesus fucking christ, if you can't see the difference between this situation and a drunken brawl at a Denny's at 2am, then you're a goddamn retarded fucking moron. Please do the world a favor and kill yourself before you reproduce.

Bump
02-23-2011, 09:49 PM
Jesus ****ing christ, if you can't see the difference between this situation and a drunken brawl at a Denny's at 2am, then you're a goddamn retarded ****ing moron. Please do the world a favor and kill yourself before you reproduce.

WTH does this have to do with Denny's?

jd1020
02-23-2011, 09:49 PM
Jesus ****ing christ, if you can't see the difference between this situation and a drunken brawl at a Denny's at 2am, then you're a goddamn retarded ****ing moron. Please do the world a favor and kill yourself before you reproduce.

Retarded moron. Nice. I've got some extra bullets you can borrow.

KurtCobain
02-23-2011, 09:54 PM
the news. They are still searching for a hit and run driver on a cute little girl who is recovering.

God damn that show is depressing.

Okie_Apparition
02-23-2011, 09:54 PM
Anyone who would go off and leave the child should not only lose their license. They should have to spend 6 months in a pound you in the ass prison. What a motherfucking idiot.

Count Zarth
02-23-2011, 10:13 PM
I'd check the child's nose for maggots.

Rain Man
02-23-2011, 10:27 PM
I'd fire up the apricot BMW fast enough to read the license plate, then do a quick, tire-squealing 180 and go back to help the child. I'd call 911 while squealing to a stop, do a quick tracheotomy on the child and while I'm there, also do a quick check of his/her growth and nutrition. I'd then set up traffic diversion flares since there's no reason to have traffic snarlups. After the paramedics and cops arrived, I'd write up a quick medical chart on the child, give the police the license number and last known direction of travel. Then I'd grab a broom and clean up any broken headlights or signal lights in the street. If by that time the police hadn't arrested the perpetrator, I'd head in the direction in which the perpetrator fled, and search for the car.

Rain Man
02-23-2011, 10:28 PM
Oh, and as an aside, we had a case here in Denver where a car hit two people and then fled. It has emerged that the penalty for a hit and run is less than the penalty for drunk driving, so if a person hits pedestrians while drunk, they're better off from a selfish perspective by driving off and then turning themselves in later. That's kind of screwed up.

KC Tattoo
02-24-2011, 12:25 AM
I'd stay with the kid and do what ever I could to give him/her the best chance for survival. The hit and run driver is most likely to have some bad karma go there way.

CrazyPhuD
02-24-2011, 12:46 AM
You follow that bastard, while using your cell phone to call for an ambulance for the child. You tail the bastard until police help arrives to bring that fucker to justice. If you had stopped the police would not have caught the fucker.


fyp.

Mr. Flopnuts
02-24-2011, 12:57 AM
In all honesty. I'd probably just walk away. No need to stick your nose in others business.

This can't be serious.

Hog Farmer
02-24-2011, 04:59 AM
I'd pull my .45 and shoot the driver thru the back windshield then if the kid was severly injured I'd shoot him too so he wouldn't suffer . Then I'd leave.

Gonzo
02-24-2011, 05:52 AM
I actually had this scenario happen, (somewhat) when I lived in Wichita. A kid was riding his bike down Harry street when some douchebag clipped him and drove off.
I gave chase, (someone else stopped to help the kid). I chased this little bastard through a residential neighborhood for 5-10 minutes and got his plate number. I pulled over and called 911, gave then all the info and went back to work.
A few hours later, I went to Taco Bell over on Kellogg to pick up lunch for my co-workers and guess which car is in the lot?
Immediately called 911 again and watched the cops walk into the kitchen, (he worked there) and cuff the bastard.
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JASONSAUTO
02-24-2011, 06:53 AM
This can't be serious.

cross thread humor im thinkin

blaise
02-24-2011, 07:08 AM
cross thread humor im thinkin

Lame cross thread attempt at making a point is more like it.

rageeumr
02-24-2011, 07:08 AM
Help the kid. If for no other reason than to alert other drivers to his/her presence.

blaise
02-24-2011, 07:11 AM
If it was my kid I'd rather know that someone was there giving him comfort when he died than having the person chase the car. Then I would hope the police somehow caught the guy.