Allan Mayo-Smith, with his daughters Aileen and Kathryn, after hip replacement surgery. (Supplied)
We’re familiar with the tale of the good Samaritan, the story of helping a stranger in need, but have we lost our willingness to lend a hand when it’s required?
- Allan Mayo-Smith was cycling home on an overpass in Frankston when he fell and broke his hip
- He was “left to lie on wet grass” before a father and son eventually stopped to help, his daughter Kathryn said
- She said she was disappointed people witnessed the accident, but did not come to his aid
Kathryn Smith is asking herself this question after her elderly father fell off his bike and broke his hip in Melbourne’s south-east this week, but was left lying on the side of the road for an hour and a half without help.
Allan Mayo-Smith, 78, was cycling home on an overpass near Skye Road in Frankston when his front wheel slipped on some sand.
The Karingal resident landed on some concrete and broke his hip.
Ms Smith said after his fall, her father saw several people who saw him but did not go to his aid.
“He saw some people walk past and he was waving at them,” she said.
“He was screaming ‘help me’ and they just looked at him and kept walking.”
Ms Smith said her father was “left to lie on wet grass” before a father and son eventually stopped to help.
They called an ambulance and took his bike for safe keeping.
She said it was hard to understand how people did not stop.
“I was really disappointed in those people who just looked and then kept going,” she said.
“It’s not hard to check on someone.
“You can check on them a couple of metres away if you’re afraid it’s a set-up or a drug person. But he was in cycle gear, he was an old dude, you know.”
‘Everyone’s just out for themselves’
Mr Mayo-Smith has since had hip replacement surgery after the fall.
Ms Smith shared the story on the Frankston Noticeboard Facebook page and others shared similar stories of accidents where people failed to help.
She said she found herself in a similar situation when she was involved in a motorbike accident on the Monash Freeway in June.
“People stopped, but only the ones that witnesses it. They didn’t get out and help, they saw me struggle to pick the bike up. People were just driving past,” she said.
“It surprises me … surely you should stop and help.
“I think everyone’s just out for themselves these days.”