December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 12, 2013
A good Samaritan who stopped to help a man he saw collapsed in the middle of the road said he was subject to a volley of abuse from an irate motorist who found his way blocked.
The incident started at about 8.20am on Thursday when the man’s girlfriend, who he was driving to work with, spotted the man face down in Jessopp Road, Norwich, near the junction with Colman Road.
The man, who asked not to be named, drove back and helped the man, who he said appeared to be in his mid-50s and was drifting in and out of consciousness.
He said that while other people tried to help, one driver became angry that the efforts to save the man’s life were blocking his way down Jessopp Road, and tried to squeeze past the stricken patient with his wheels on the curb, until another man blocked his way.
The man said: “He is sitting in his car shouting ‘I can’t get through’ and making very rude gestures and calling him very rude names.
“Once the ambulance guy was there and it was handed over I said ‘you have a really lovely way about you, and he stuck two fingers up at me’.
“The first thing that went through my head, and the other people I spoke to, was that we were shocked by the amount of people who were just driving past and looking.
“To sit there being as aggressive and abusive as he was, I find absolutely shocking.”
The patient was initially helped by a nurse who happened to be passing, and a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Trust said: “We were called at 8.20am to reports of a man who was unconscious in Jessopp Road. We sent a rapid response vehicle and a land ambulance. The casualty was taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.”
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