Experienced my first car accident-related death in Kuwait!

Posted: February 24, 2010 in Community Service, Kuwait, Personal
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After attending a LoYAC function to raise funds for Haiti in Mishref, I was driving home at about 11 pm and while on Road 20something (Between Mishref and Bayan after the gas station – See Google map above), all lanes were slow and traffic was bad. I thought it was an accident and I was right! As I passed the accident, I saw a middle-aged man on the floor by the car and blood was surrounding him!! I quickly pulled to a safe-side on the curb ahead and ran to the victim while getting my first-aid kit.

When I got to the victim, a man wearing dishdasha appeared was trying to figure out where or not the victim has pulse and was on a high-tech walkie-talkie calling an ambulance. Police from Bayan Police station were at the scene when I arrived. I came to the victim and started asking the guy if I can help, but he was occupied with pulse and being on the walkie-talkie. I checked and there seemed no signs of breathing, the light/pupil test to check for responsiveness didn’t even work (not that this would be a valuable test even, but given the scene and situation, that’s all I could’ve done)!!! I feared the guy to be dead since he looked pale and his skin felt a bit cold.

There was a debate between the police and ambulance because if the guy had pulse (alive) that he must be rushed to a hospital, if he had no pulse (dead) then this would be a crime scene and CSI folks must come and do their work before the body is taken away to the morgue. The decision was made SLOWLY, but we lifted the guy, put him on to the gurney, and then off to the ambulance and to the hospital.

I stayed for another 2 hours organizing traffic since the victim’s car swerved and took out a palm tree!!!

There was oil and gasoline spill all over the street and we waited for the fire-fighters to come and hose down the road and clear it from the spilled gasoline, oil, and coolant. Yeah, the two hour wait was fun and interesting! The fire-fighters’ wireless system was down, and Police Operations Center forgot to call them!!

The sad news came before we left the scene that the guy passed away. My details were taken and I might serve as a witness to the case should an extensive investigation be opened!

Slowdown people, buckle-up and when you pass an accident DON’T STOP AND WATCH unless you have something to offer! May the man’s soul rest in peace.

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Comments
  1. MBH says:

    Allah yer7mah inshallah 😦

    It’s stupid to debate a man’s life. If there’s a slight chance that he could be alive, then the ambulance should be called immediately as every minute counts!!!

    As usual, the emergency operations center is a total failure… forgot to call ha? -___-;

    • crazyd says:

      Tell me about it!

      SOME emergency responders here are better off delivering pizza with all due respect if there’s any left!

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