Man Dies After Bleeding From the Head on a Subway Platform for More Than Fifteen Minutes Before Anyone Stopped to Help

Man Dies After Bleeding From the Head on a Subway Platform for More Than Fifteen Minutes Before Anyone Stopped to Help

The murder of Kitty Genovese brought the concept of the “bystander effect”, in which a group of people refuses to help a victim in need of aid, to the forefront of the minds of Americans. While the story of 38 people watching as Kitty Genovese was murdered turned out to be false, the bystander effect is unfortunately very real, and was on shocking display as more than 40 people ignored a man bleeding to death on a subway platform in Montreal.

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A 59-year-old man died after being left bleeding from the head on a subway platform while more than 40 bystanders ignored him.

Radil Hebrich stumbled into the path of an oncoming metro carriage, and was knocked onto the yellow safety line, inches from the tracks. His breathing stopped and blood poured from his head.

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But fellow passengers, as well as employees on Montreal’s underground transit system, walked on by.

Hebrich, who was drunk, was hit early in the morning. Security footage shows most passers-by either staring at or ignoring him.

One is seen going through his pockets, though he did not check his physical condition, the Montreal Gazette reported.

It took sixteen minutes in total for paramedic to arrive on the scene at Langelier station, and three minutes more for them to start helping him.

In that time, three more metro trains passed Hebrich’s slumped corpse. Two kept going, while a third may have called 911.

He was declared dead the same night at a nearby hospital after the accident in January 2014.

It’s bad enough that no one would come to Hebrich’s assistance, but it is downright despicable that someone would stoop so low as to rifle through his pockets before leaving him there to die. It would have taken all of thirty seconds for one of them to call 911 and potentially save this man’s life, but apparently, they just couldn’t be bothered. How would they have reacted if that had been their husband or father lying on the platform dying alone?

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