Unconscious Man Died Outside a 7-Eleven, Bystanders Did Nothing
On the night of Feb. 7, Marques Gaines had been out for a night on the town, and at around 4:00 a.m. had purchased a bag of chips at a 7-Eleven.
From that moment on, surveillance footage tracked how his life ended.
After Gaines exited a store, a man in a hoodie started harassing him. They got into a physical confrontation, and the man punched Gaines, knocking him down on the ground.
Gaines lay on the ground, in the way of traffic. No one pulled him onto the sidewalk, and instead, a few men immediately went through his pockets to take his valuables.
His family said his debit card and cellphone were missing, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Some cars passed by Gaines, but eventually a yellow car turned the corner, but didn’t move around Gaines, it drove over him instead.
That’s when bystanders started screaming.
At that time, a person inside the 7-Eleven had already called 9-11, but it was too late.
“Oh my goodness,” the 911 caller said. “He’s dead, I think. The car hit him.”
Gaines died four hours later from internal injuries while at the hospital. The man who had struck Gaines has not yet been found.
Gaines was a screenwriting student at Northern Michigan University. His family is suing a number of businesses Gaines had patronized that night, including the restaurant where he ate, the Chicago taxi company, and the 7-Eleven store.
“All they had to do was wave down cars and stand in front of him to keep him safe,” Hurley said, according to the Washington Post. “Or maybe some effort to help him off the pavement. But just to stand there and watch him get run over? Their customer? It’s not acceptable.”