“Lifting a car off a man is not like lifting a cardboard box; a car is heavy,” said the grandfather of a motorcyclist who died in New York last Thursday, going on to say he forgave the firefighters who accidentally allowed a car to fall on his grandson. Whether or not that death was the result of the car falling is being debated. The fire department claims Karam Rampersaud was killed in the initial accident, but eyewitnesses say they saw him moving and gesturing for help as he lay trapped.
Update: Firefighting commenter Jason McCrash points out it was the NYPD, not FDNY that dropped the car. That big fire truck in the background was just confusing.
Karam was traveling between school and home when the 70-year old driver of this Ford Taurus turned in front of him. During the accident he became trapped under the car and the dumb bitch driver dragged him 30 feet before stopping.
“He was wiggling his hands like he wanted help,” a witness told the NY Daily News. “He was all broken up underneath, his legs were twisted.”
Responding to the scene, firefighters began to use inflatable lifts in an attempt to extricate Karam. They appear to follow correct protocol, using wooden blocks to prevent the car from falling as it’s lifted. Then it all goes wrong.
“The firemen were arguing with one another,” said another witness. “When they were lifting the car, it dropped right down on him.”
One of the firefighters allegedly shouted “What the fuck is wrong with you?” just after the car fell.
The Taurus driver has been issued a summons for failure to yield.