An unidentified Good Samaritan fell to his death Wednesday morning, February 6, after stopping to assist the victim of an auto accident. It happened in the early morning hours on a 450-foot-high bridge over Pine Valley Creek, which is located about an hour to the east of San Diego.
The man happened upon a crash involving a Ford F-150, which had crashed into the bridge around 5:13 a.m. The truck had the westbound left lane blocked. While the man and another man driving a different vehicle attempted to render aid to the driver of the Ford F-150, three other cars crashed into the truck. The man ran to the bridge’s southern edge and jumped over the rail to avoid being injured by the crashing vehicles. He fell some 450 feet to this death. Police say that rescuers found the man’s body in the canyon below the Pine Valley Creek Bridge.
This story underscores the need for caution when rendering aid during a crash situation. We all want to help when someone is injured or hurt, but it is important to take our own safety into regards first and foremost before putting ourselves in harm’s way.
Esurance offers tips for Good Samaritans on how to stay safe and be the most help to crash victims.
Accidents spring up without a moment’s notice. If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, see our San Francisco car accident attorney right away to weigh the legal options available to you.