A 58-year-old man lays on a sidewalk in a Milwaukee South side busy intersection as hundreds of autos and people pass by without rendering aid.
August 17, 2013
Milwaukee, WI (HNNUSA) - On Saturday, Ignacio (last name unknown), 58, laid motionless at the Southeast corner sidewalk on S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. and W. National Ave. while hundreds of drivers and people pass by without stopping to offer aid or to checkout, if the man was alive. Some of those people just drove around and were video recording the motionless man as they went by.
A man riding a Diamond Back 21-speed bicycle was the only person or good Samaritan to stop around 3:20 p.m. and called police, who then got in touch with the fire department rescue unit to answer the call.
The man happened to wake up and respond to firefighters requests and got checked. Apparently, Ignacio is well known to some of them, who called him by name.
The man had a squashed empty beer can next to him, but today he gets to survive another day. Ignacio was transported to a hospital for treatment, even though he had refused. It was either a hospital or be taken by police, according to a rescue responder. A firefighter decided to transport Ignacio to a hospital and called for an ambulance.
In 2010, S. Chavez Drive was upgraded by reconstruction ($1.6M facelift). Before the construction, at least 20,000 vehicles drove through Chavez Dr. a day and more than 147,000 per week. W. National Ave. is another busy avenue and thousands of vehicles go through the intersection with Chavez Drive.
Out of all those thousands of drivers and people that just passed by and ignored a motionless man regardless of his unfortunate luck and life style, only one turned out to be a caring Milwaukean or Good Samaritan. Kudos for him.