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I am still amazed at an event that took place recently during the evening rush hour as I waited for the bus on the corner of 22nd and P Streets NW. It was an all-too-familiar scene of a car running the light as it turned from yellow to redas a pedestrian was crossing the street. I was thinking, The driver must see that person in the crosswalk. But apparently the driver didn’t see the person in the crosswalk, as he later stated, because his car hit the pedestrian. It was a horrific event to witness.
I ran into a liquor store to call 911. In the time it took for the D.C. emergency medical team to arrive, a group of witnesses had gathered. When asked if they needed witnesses, not only did the EMTs usher everyone away, saying they didn’t need witnesses, to my horror, they were trying to get the injured person to get up and out of the street.
Making the assumption that the person was homeless, the EMTs were shoving the injured man, telling him he was “holding up traffic.” Not taking into account that this man had just been hit and thrown by a speeding car and that he could be in shock and injured, they instead were harshly pulling on the injured man and yelling at him. I was literally sick to my stomach at the complete lack of human decency, and I thought to myself, I hope nothing like this happens to me, because this is how I will
Possibly, if the D.C. firefighters and emergency medical workers were held accountable for such inexcusable “mistakes,” there would be no more tragic losses such as that of Julia Rusinek (“Call for Help,” 2/9).