Good Samaritan dies in traffic trying to help DUI suspect
DALLAS -- A woman acting as a Good Samaritan was killed Thursday night trying to help a man later arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
At about 11:30 p.m., witness Laride Conerly said he saw a driver fishtail and hit a guardrail on eastbound Highway 175 near Prairie Creek. His car came to a resting top in the middle of the highway.
Conerly was one of a few people to pull off to the side and help the driver out of his wrecked car. One of the people who stopped to help was a woman in an SUV. According to Conerly, the woman helped the man out of his car before heading back to find his identity and call for help.
While searching his car, she was hit by a pickup truck. She later died at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
“What is so touching about her brave heroic effort is she stopped to make sure he was okay and make sure he got help,” Conerly said. “To see her laying in the street is just heartbreaking.”
A sergeant at the scene told WFAA that the woman appeared to be in the medical field and was wearing a uniform leading them to believe she worked at Baylor. Her name hasn't been released.
The driver of the pickup did stop and Dallas County Sheriff deputies said he or she won't be charged. The only charges expected from the tragedy will be a DUI for the driver in the initial crash.