It never ceases to amaze me that when faced with a situation where one human being could do with, or indeed does need the support of their fellow man (or woman), that people are quite happy to carry on by as if totally blind to the whole episode. My drive to work this morning provided no greater proof that society today is becoming a shadow of its former self.
Perhaps there was a greater personal sensitivity because it was a cyclist involved, but, nonetheless, we seem to be in danger of eradicating the ‘community’ spirit talked fondly of by our elders. Driving into work this morning, I was entering the outskirts of Crawley when I saw a chap commuting in on his road bike go down heavily turning into a junction. Just past the junction is a lay-by where I was able to stop and quickly walk back to the scene. The guy and his bike were still flat out in the road, but that hadn’t stopped cars driving round him! I appreciate that once a few people are on the scene, it’s easier on the conscience to drive by, but for pity’s sake, think about it for a moment. Would they be happy to be driven round if it had happened to them?
The chap managed to get to his feet unaided, and before worrying too much about his own well-being was already checking the bike over for damage. A typical pedal head. It looked brand spanking new too. A significant tear to the knee of his tights and a grubby elbow gave away the impact points of his fall, with a sheen of fuel on the road surface the obvious culprit. He looked in a fair bit of pain after the initial shock had worn off, but from his movements it was unlikely any breakages were sustained, with heavy bruising the most likely (says he, who’s not a doctor, but has been hit by a car himself and seen first hand a broken collarbone).
So whilst the guy it turned out wasn’t seriously injured, who’s to judge someone lying near motionless in the road is completely fine and in no need of assistance without actually stopping and getting out rather than finishing him off with a couple of Goodyear’s. Some people need a serious morality check.