VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A disabled driver says he still is in shock after the good Samaritan that stopped to help him was killed.
"My tire blew and I hit the guard rail." Jimmie Messer says he'll never forget the stranger who stopped to help him on I-4, even though he had just called a Road Ranger.
"He said no, no, no I'm here. Let me change your tire. Please let me change your tire. I said okay."
Jimmie was relieved because "I'm disabled."
When he popped his trunk the good Samartian, named Edward Keene, saw Jimmie's walker. "He pulled it out myself and told me to have a seat and he would change my tire."
And as he changed it, "He told me it could be worse. That was the last word that man said, it could be worse and then he was gone."
According to FHP Troopers, 37-year old-Fabian Thomas hit and killed Edward along I-4, then took off. "I remember screaming and screaming and the next thing I know, I was on the phone with 911."
Volusia deputies arrested Thomas at this RaceTrac and charged him with leaving the scene of a fatal crash. "He just kept going and didn't even hit on the brakes. I hope the judge gives him the maximum sentence there."
Jimmie says Edward was dragged by the suspect's car, from the back tire all the way to the front of the car. "I want the family to know that I'm sorry. My wife and kids are sorry. If I didn't have a flat tire he'd still be here."
Now, Jimmie hopes to help the family of the stranger that helped him on I-4, "There's nothing I can do to bring him back. I can't bring him back, but I can help the family."
Jimmie says he'll always be grateful to 41-year-old Edward. "He was one of the nicest people I've ever met in Florida."
Edward leaves behind two kids. He also took care of his mother. The family says they'll be reaching out to Jimmie.