A man who was killed on Interstate Highway 280 in Woodside this morning had likely stopped to help victims of a crash, the California Highway Patrol said today.
The California Highway Patrol says a good samaritan was killed on highway 280 in Woodside this morning after he stopped to help victims of a car accident. NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere reports live from the CHP office in Redwood City. (Published Sunday, Jul 21, 2013)
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 Updated at 6:28 PM PST
Officers first responded to reports of a crash involving multiple vehicles on southbound Highway 280 north of Woodside Road at about 2:40 a.m., CHP Officer Art Montiel said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the 25-year-old driver of a black Honda allowed his car to clip the rear of a Toyota SUV, causing the Toyota to lose control and strike the center divide, Montiel said.
Two people in the SUV suffered minor injuries.
Immediately after the crash, a witness in a Jeep pulled over on the right shoulder and got out of his vehicle, apparently to assist the crash victims, Montiel said.
As the man crossed the highway, he was struck by an oncoming Infiniti SUV and killed, according to the CHP.
"Anytime you see a collision on the freeway, we recommend people to not stop on the freeway and help. Just call 911 and let us know what is going on," Montiel said. "If you stop, other vehicles cannot see you, and therefore, you're liable to get struck."
Highway 280 was closed for around three hours, and the driver of the Honda, who was later identified as Charles Miranda, of Vallejo, was arrested by the CHP for suspected drunk driving.
The identity of the good samaritan who was killed has not been released yet. There was a passenger in the car with the good samaritan, and that woman was taken to the hospital for emotional truama.
Anyone who might have witnessed the incident should call the CHP at (650) 369-6261.