The driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control over a railroad crossing and crashed into a house. Pelton allegedly arrived at the scene before the authorities and began filming. He even opened the vehicle's back door to record the teens inside. Other people came to the accident to help those inside, while Pelton had his camera out. The passenger died following the accident, and the driver was admitted to the hospital.
Afterwards, Pelton allegedly posted the video to Facebook and offered the clip to local news agencies. "We searched to try to find anything to charge him with," detective Buddy Sivert told Reuters, according to The Washington Post. "It is not a crime to stick a camera where a kid is dying or try to sell it."
The video above from WEWS NewsChannel5 in Cleveland has a brief interview with Pelton. In it, he claims that he made his video "to educate people to slow down." Pelton also asserts that he opened the back door because he thought someone was there who might need help.