A US Navy was killed early Monday morning in southern California when struck by a box truck while assisting motorists on the side of the freeway, authorities said.
The Marine had helped a couple in an SUV that crashed on Interstate 5 in Oceanside, Calif., About 55 miles north of San Diego, around 3:30 a.m.
The driver of the SUV lost control and crashed and the vehicle was left in the lanes of the freeway with no lights on, according to multiple media reports. The Navy immediately went to the aid of the occupants of the SUV.
A box truck, driven by a 47-year-old man, crashed into the SUV. The Marine died at the scene and the occupants of the SUV were taken to hospital.
âHe was trying to do the right thing, he was trying to help someone in need,â according to a California Highway Patrol statement reported by CBS 8. âUnfortunately, traffic on the freeway was still moving in there. ‘time and the pickup truck came and collided with the vehicle.
The serviceman, whose name has not been released, was 20 years old and stationed near Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., According to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
âOur deepest condolences go out to family, friends and members of the Marine unit,â the base said in a statement reported by CBS 8.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Nicole Pacheco told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the SUV driver would be jailed on suspicion of multiple crimes after treatment in hospital.