THE HUFFINGTON POST – An Ohio man was charged with trespassing Wednesday after police said he filmed the aftermath of a deadly car crash and attempted to sell the footage to local news stations.
Paul Pelton, 41, was allegedly one of the first people to arrive at the scene of a car accident in the city of Lorain early Monday morning, The Chronicle-Telegram reported. One teenage boy was killed in the crash, while two others were seriously injured.
Pelton opened a back door of the car to film the teenagers inside without trying to help them, police said.
“While others were rendering aid to these boys, a male took the opportunity to video this horrible scene with his cell phone,” Sgt. Buddy Silver said in a press release. “In the video, the male makes comments that the boys were ‘idiots,’ and holds his cell phone so that he can film these two boys who were in medical crisis.”
Witnesses said the man who took the video did not attempt to help the teenagers, according to news station WOIO.
Pelton was arrested Wednesday and charged with vehicle trespass, defined as “knowingly entering into… a motor vehicle without consent of the owner/driver or person authorized to give consent,” according to local news station WKYC.