I would have wished that one person had been quick enough to pull over and intervene, but that’s asking a lot. Imagine the drivers, mind elsewhere, seeing something wrong from their car window. They are hundreds of yards away by the time it registers. At least several of them had the decency to call the police.
I once stopped my car and intervened when I saw a woman being beaten on a city street. I’m glad that the neighborhood children who were watching saw me do that. But I might have been ignorant of the risk. Years later in home care I had a patient who had defended someone and whose life was ruined by a bullet that cut his spine.
So I’m very sorry that this crime happened, but glad that we have cell phones, we have an emergency response system, and we have an awareness of violent crime. It’s too late for Kitty Genovese. May her memory not rest peacefully in our minds until we have made things better.