A Good Samaritan teen who stopped her car on a California freeway to help the victim of a car crash became the fatal victim of another.
Bertha Aida Estrada, 19, was struck by an SUV in the Golden Hill neighborhood of San Diego on Thursday while helping an 82-year-old woman who had been rear-ended by another driver, according to the San Diego Tribune. After witnessing that crash, Estrada reportedly ran across the freeway to help the elderly woman.
Estrada was struck by a 24-year-old man driving a Jeep Patriot as she was standing near the crash site, according to the Tribune. She was struck so hard, she was knocked into nearby lanes. She died at the scene.
Both the driver that struck Estrada and the elderly woman who was rear-ended were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries. Police do not suspect that intoxication played a role in the crashes and nobody has been charged.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Sofia Mosqueda told San Diego News Video that people should call 911 if they witness an accident instead of getting out of their cars, citing the danger in doing so.
“I’m sure that people appreciate Good Samaritans. We appreciate Good Samaritans,” she said. “You still need to be aware of the danger that the freeway and the occupants of vehicles can pose.”
Estrada’s death marked the second time in a week someone was killed after stopping on the freeway to assist someone after an accident in the area, according to KMFB-TV in San Diego.
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