Scottish teen Ikram Choudhury, 17, has been widely condemned after he tweeted images of a man dying in the street after a hit-and-run accident, but failed to contant emergency services to save the man’s life.
Choudhury snapped a picture of 35-year-old Craig Williams, of Clermiston in Edinburgh, as he lay dying on the side of the road. It was just after 2AM when Williams was struck as he slept in a bus lane by a silver vehicle.
Williams, who worked for a local Marriott, had been out with friends when he fell asleep waiting for a bus. He was struck, and in the crucial minutes afterwards, Choudhury spotted him while a passenger in a passing vehicle. Choudhury snapped the pic and posted it to Twitter, commenting:
“Eeeehm wtf? Some guy just casually lying outside Ocean Terminal.”
Fellow Twitter users criticized Choudhury for leaving the man lying in the street, and the teen responded:
“what if like i went over n he like tried doin some dodgy shit to me?”
Ultimately, emergency services were called to attend to Williams, who later died of head and internal injuries at an area hospital. It took between ten and fifteen minutes from when Choudhury’s tweet hit Twitter until assistance arrived to aid Williams.
After the verbal lashing on Twitter, the teen updated:
“RE: Unfortunate Incident I’ve just turned 17, not 19, I was the passenger in a moving vehicle not the driver. Reported. With Regrets.”
Following the accident, Choudhury deleted his Twitter account — which he says was at the request of local police.