Police: Guy videos a fatal accident, does nothing to help, then tries to sell footage to TV news

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What would you do if you saw a serious car accident? Let's face it, while many of us might rush to help the victims, others might freeze and not know what to do.

But hopefully damn few of us would do what this guy did. From The Daily Beast:

When an Ohio man saw a deadly crash, he didn’t rush to aid the teenagers inside— instead, he whipped out his cellphone to capture the nightmarish aftermath, and then tried to hawk the footage to local TV, police say.

Now the coldblooded cameraman, Paul Pelton, is facing criminal charges, authorities say.

After the Lorain Police Department learned Pelton not only uploaded the video to Facebook, but tried to sell it to a couple of local news organizations, he was arrested and charged with vehicle trespass.

Pelton claims he wasn't trying to cash in, but merely was trying to "educate" the public about the dangers of speeding. To help with this education, Pelton "even opened the victim's car door to take more video" -- of two teenagers, one of whom is dying, trapped in a car engulfed in flames -- as the news report below explains.

You also can hear Pelton defending his actions in the video below. Because they're so, so defensible.

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