A Good Samaritan was killed on I-95 early Tuesday morning after troopers said he tried to help a family trapped in a SUV from an earlier crash.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol a black SUV was hit by another vehicle and that driver took off on I-95 northbound.
This caused the SUV to flip on its side, trapping a family inside.
Around 1:30 am FHP shut down all northbound lanes on I-95 when emergency crews arrived in the Ormond Beach area, near mile marker 277.
Troopers said a Good Samaritan in a pickup truck saw what happened and was traveling southbound on I-95 and he pulled over.
FHP said the Good Samaritan crossed the median and went to check on the passengers inside the SUV and he started waving at drivers to stop for help, but the unthinkable happened.
“Unfortunately, the Good Samaritan ended up getting struck by a car that was heading northbound,” said Sergeant John Caravalho with FHP. “It’s so dark here so you can’t see anything. Even if the person was going the speed limit of 70, it’s very fast.”
FHP said that other driver that hit and killed the Good Samaritan did stop and wait on the scene for law enforcement.
“That’s why you gotta be very careful,” said Sgt. Caravalho as he talked about the Good Samaritan. “First of all, he took a big chance by crossing the southbound lanes and once they were there, I mean it’s so dark people are not going to see it. It’s just like us, sometimes we have the blue lights on and we still sometimes get hit so you gotta be very careful.”
FHP said if you do see an accident, stay inside your vehicle and call 911.
“It’s dark people are not going to see you and if you cross the street you might end up being another fatality,” stated Sgt. Caravalho.
Troopers tell FOX35 News the family trapped inside the SUV was taken to the hospital and the family is expected to be ok.
The name of the Good Samaritan has not been released pending notification of next of kin. All northbound lanes on I-95 reopened about 6 hours later.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.