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Drivers left Taunton crash victim on roadside
DOZENS of rush-hour motorists drove past a pensioner who was trapped under his motorbike following a crash for ten minutes until someone stopped to help him.
The incident happened after Alan Foyle, 78, fell from his bike on the A358 near to Norton Manor Camp at Norton Fitzwarren. Mr Foyle, from Taunton, landed on the grass verge next to the road at 6pm and lay there helpless until two commuters finally came to his aid.
Speaking to the County Gazette from his hospital bed this week, the former Taunton School porter said it took so long for anyone to help he was afraid no-one would stop.
He said: “I am so thankful to both the men that saved my life and they have restored my faith in people’s human nature and I send them my sincere thanks – to the ones that drove past me there is no word in the dictionary to describe them.
“I was so scared I was going to be left there because I could not shout or move and it was getting dark – when I lay there I was thinking if this is the society we live in, in 2013, then God help us.”
Mr Foyle suffered a broken foot along with cuts and bruises in the incident.
One of those who stopped to help was 35-year-old Paul Martin, a self-employed caterer from Bishops Lydeard, who said he was ‘disgusted’ other motorists had ignored Mr Foyle for so long.
He said: “I find it so upsetting and disgusting that dozens if not hundreds of people just drove past and ignored someone in need of help and in pain.
“One of the benefits of living round here is a sense of community but I have never felt so ashamed to hear people were driving past him – I was gobsmacked.”
Mr Martin said after stopping he was joined at by an AA driver who also stopped to help and between them they managed to get Mr Foyle home.
Mr Foyle, a member of Priorswood and the Salvation Army luncheon clubs, had been travelling home to Taunton from Bishops Lydeard after visiting his sister Jean Sully when the crash happened.
She said: “If you see someone who needs helps, you should help them – that is why we are even more grateful to Paul and the other man for his help. So many people are so concerned with themselves these days that other people do not seem to matter.”
Mrs Sully told the County Gazette she would give Mr Martin a reward to ‘get himself a drink’ for his actions last Thursday.
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