First responder Tahera Khatun said she was “really shocked by how some of the public reacted” as many in the crowd after the crash in Newham, London, began filming
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A woman who stepped in to give first aid to a seriously injured pedestrian who was hit by a car said she had to yell at people to stop filming.
The injured pedestrian was one of four pedestrians struck on a busy shopping street in east London in a horror crash on Saturday afternoon (May 28).
Police rushed to the scene of the incident in the busy Green Street shopping area in Newham after the car crashed into a crowd around 4.40pm.
All four pedestrians were taken to hospital, and a 43-year-old woman fought for her life.
Thankfully, she is now in a non-life threatening condition but remains hospitalized, she reports MyLondon.
Tahera Khatun, 25, a trained first responder, said she rushed to the woman’s aid.
She was the first person to provide her medical assistance while emergency services arrived at the scene.
She said she understood the woman and her husband, who was also injured, were from Bradford and were on their way to the train station to go home to their five children when the accident happened.
Tahera says it was “shocking” to witness the incident and that she didn’t sleep that night because she “kept replaying everything.”
She says she can still hear the woman’s screams.
She told MyLondon she was shopping for her cousin’s wedding when she saw a man “fly into the shop window”.
The crash happened outside of the Himalaya Halal Meat and Grill Corner, which are adjacent on Green Street.
She says she immediately ran to the man and then saw the woman “car pressed against the wall.”
According to Tahera, the man stood up immediately.
People on the street pushed the car off the woman and she rolled onto her back.
Tahera said the woman’s husband wanted her to move, but she knew from her education it was wrong, so she advised him not to do it.
She recalled the woman screaming “I’m in pain.”
When asked where it hurts, the woman said her back and legs, and she couldn’t feel her left leg.
Tahera believed there was a possibility of a spinal injury, so she placed her hands under the woman’s head to support her.
In the first few moments, Tahera said she was “really shocked by how some sections of the public have reacted”.
While a handful were on the phone with emergency services, many others were filming in the crowd that formed after the crash.
Several videos were posted on TikTok and Twitter, some showing a crowd surrounding the woman on the ground.
Tahera says she yelled at them, “Stop the recording. someone is hurt
“They are an invasion of their privacy and dignity. That’s disrespectful.”
Eventually she managed to get them all to retreat.
Tahera realized the injured woman was Bengali, so she spoke to her in the language to reassure her.
Firefighters were the first to arrive at the scene, and they placed a tarp barrier around the woman to hide her from the crowd.
Paramedics arrived shortly after, and Tahera continued to support the woman’s head and translate for her while they examined her.
The woman was then taken to the hospital.
Paramedics put a neck brace on the man and took him to the hospital.
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The other two women, who were not seriously injured, were also taken to the hospital.
Tahera believes the driver of the car that hit the pedestrians “lost control and drove straight onto the sidewalk.”
Police said the driver stopped at the scene and assisted officers.
No arrests were made.
Police say any witnesses who have yet to speak can call 101, reference 4974/28may.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/first-aider-says-yell-people-27097429 First responder says she had to shout for filming to stop as a woman was seriously injured