Rescue Workers Drop Car On Motorcyclist. Motorcyclist Dies

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

A Brooklyn college student was pinned under a car that had crashed into his motorcycle. Rescue workers tried to free him with a hydraulic jack. When the car was 4 feet in the air, it dropped on the student.

“A firefighter cursed at another guy and yelled, `What are you doing?’ ” writes the New York Post. After the car fell on the student, he didn’t make a sound. The student died in Brookdale Hospital.

A police source told the Post that the student died of injuries from the crash.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • SimonAlberta SimonAlberta on Sep 03, 2011

    I hate this kind of "journalism". It is pure sensationalism. What is the point of this post exactly? What does it have to do with "The Truth About Cars"? Horrible article followed by some horrible comments. Unless you are one of the actual eye witnesses or, especially, the emergency crew attending then you can't be sure what was done or why it was done. You absolutely cannot decide whether the actions were correct or not. Good example of the worst of the internet. Everyone is an expert regardless of their actual qualifications or knowledge of a situation. Getting sick and tired of ignorant people spouting their garbage. Yeah, yeah...I get it. I don't HAVE to read it, blah, blah.

  • Signal11 Signal11 on Sep 03, 2011

    You don't have to be there to understand the results. Mistakes were made an a man died. He might have died from injuries from the initial wreck, but we don't know that because the responders dropped the vehicle they were trying to rescue him from back onto him. (And then silence.) They took action and the action that they took most probably directly contributed to his death. Whether or not the mistakes that they made were understandable given the circumstances or negligent remains to be seen. Even if you WERE one of the people there, you probably don't fully understand what exactly happened, either. The reason why the lie/cover-up instinct of first responders pisses me off is that I don't consider first responders (EMS/FD/PD) in the US to be performing a particularly stressful or particularly dangerous jobs. American EMS, American firefighters and American cops (these are the worst) complaining about how tough their jobs are and how LIVES depend on their decisions piss me off. I have worked in ERs, hospitals, clinics, and convenient wide spots all over the world. American first response have no idea how tough it can get. First response in the US is a cakewalk and not only that, there's a pretty good chance that you might actually succeed. First response in a third world country (almost inevitably a bus/truck collision) is deciding right there on the street which batch of patients you can't even begin to treat, which ones might survive transport IF you can get transport, and the ones you tell to try to get to casualty on their own. Meanwhile, there's three cops trying to perform crowd control on an increasingly heavily armed and angry mob, half of whom are trying to steal the diesel fuel that's spilling onto the street with little plastic water bottles. American first responders will only see maybe a handful of times at most in their entire stateside careers the kind of chaos that emergency responders in the developing world on a weekly basis. Every single time that I've seen instances of mistakes made by first responders, they immediately try to insulate themselves from any and all criticism. First comes the "you weren't there" argument. Then comes the "job is stressful, and full of split second life or death decisions." This is complete dog shit. The culture of American first response is to never admit mistakes, particularly during and immediately following. This, to me, is a good indication of how undeveloped the critical decision making process is for these guys. Truly good emergency responders (medical, military, etc) readily and immediately admit their mistakes. If you actually know what you're doing and have real confidence in your abilities, experience and capabilities, you're the first guy to say, "We just did XYZ here and it was a mistake. Don't do this." Instead, what do we have here? PD/FD refusing to take responsibility. PD/FD shifting responsibility for the death to the woman who caused the accident. PD/FD lying about their actions. First priority: protect our own. Lower priorities: truth and actually serving the public. Dare to criticize? Cops (and to a lesser degree, EMS and FD) coming out of the woodwork with the typical retorts of insecure arrogance: "You weren't there, you don't know what you're talking about. You don't know how STRESSFUL this job is." Actually, yeah, I do. That's why I'm so critical. Police are the worst and are in a league of their own. I don't really hold anything against FD/EMS, except when they're guilty by association. Mostly, I just can't deal with the emo level whining when they receive any criticism.

  • Disaster Disaster on Sep 06, 2011

    Implying the rescue workers killed him is akin to saying a man was shot 14 times, but was OK (because he was moaning) until rescue workers gave him oxygen which must have killed him because then he stopped breathing. The entire affair is unfortunate, but the chance of him surviving being run over and stuck under a car was really, really low to begin with.

  • Jjklongisland Jjklongisland on Sep 07, 2011 Watch the full 15 minutes. What pisses me off is that there is not one bystander on scene that does any size up, prelim care, or give a crap about the poor s.o.b. under the car. Remember YOU HAVE TO STEP UP TO FUCK UP!!!!