It may be disappointing, but it is the world we live in now

There are some ghoulish people out there.

But they are part of the fabric of our increasingly social media driven society.

Rescue workers say they are “disappointed” after having to form a barrier around a crashed vehicle in the Hutt Valley to prevent onlookers from filming a dying man inside.

Emergency crews were called to a gravel road near Taita Dr beside the Hutt River where a man was trapped inside a vehicle at 11.10am on Sunday.

The man, aged in his 20s, had rolled the car after colliding with a bollard, and had to be cut free.

Police believed he had been drinking before the crash, and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Organ donor…just looking for a place to die.

Paramedics tried to save the man, who was being comforted by his brother when they arrived, but he died after midday.

Avalon station officer Erroll Tapiki said firefighters were forced to form a barrier around the car to protect the dying man’s privacy.

An ambulance officer also had to ask people to stop taking photos, he said.

“They were certainly taking photos with their cameras and what-not.”

He said it was “disappointing”.

“It would have been quite disturbing for anybody that was related to this person. It could end up on Facebook or YouTube.”

He said firefighters from Lower Hutt and Avalon did not make a “big issue” out of it, but asked the onlookers to stop and formed a barrier around the car.

“There’s not a lot we can do about social media now, except try and protect the privacy of the person that is trapped, injured or whatever.”

Tapiki said there were “quite a few” people milling around the scene after the crash happened.

It may be disappointing, but it is the world we live in now…sadly most media seem to want to cash in on it.


– Fairfax

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.