icSouthLondon, April 7, 2006
A Good Samaritan has spoken of his disgust after a dying man was heckled by yobs.
Travis Marshall, 42, tried in vain to save an elderly driver who had a heart attack at the wheel and careered into a bus.
But as the victim took his last breath, sick youths in tracksuits and hoods clashed with police and yelled: “He is just a white man.”
Mr Marshall, who performed emergency CPR on the man in St James’s Road, Bermondsey, last Friday, said: “It was sickening. Here you had a dying man, people trying to save him and police trying to clear the scene.
“Then there were these black youths and all they wanted to do was fight the cops. They were saying, ‘You think I am scared of you because of your uniform’.
“I told them to have some respect because a man was dying and they shouted, ‘Who cares — it’s just a white man’.”
Mr Marshall told how a black woman next to him pleaded with cops to arrest the youths.
He said: “These people should be ashamed to walk the streets.
“I would try to help someone whatever their colour.
“You can’t print what I really think of them. They are scum — scum of the earth.”
Mr Marshall was driving for a quiet weekend with sister Terry Choeb at her home in Peckham when he arrived at the crash scene at 4.20pm.
He said: “People were just standing around. The man was bleeding from the mouth and was hardly breathing.”
He talked to the ambulance service on a mobile while checking the man’s pulse, but when it started to fade he made the decision to lift him from his car and lie him on the road.
Mr Marshall, a former private ambulance driver, then tried to give the kiss of life. Paramedics arrived 10 minutes later but could not save him.
Mr Marshall, formerly of Peckham Rye but now from Canterbury, Kent, said: “It is sad, but all you can do is your best.”