Highway Motorists Avoid Little Girl, Kill Grandfather - NBC Bay Area

Highway Motorists Avoid Little Girl, Kill Grandfather



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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Drivers use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane (C), also called the diamond or commuter lane, at sunset on the 118 or Ronald Reagan Freeway on February 3, 2005 near Simi Valley, California. To encourage sales of environmentally-friendly hybrid cars, lawmakers are contemplating legislation that would allow states to determine whether to allow hybrid vehicles with no additional passengers to be driven in highway HOV lanes, currently reserved only for motorcycles and vehicles carrying multiple passengers. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    It's brutal out there on the roads, as the families of some recent highway victims can attest.

    In one recent case, a Fremont grandfather was killed by motorists after he stopped to help a crash victim.

    Tariq Khanzada had spotted a broken-down car on the highway at 2am and had stopped to assist when two other cars slammed into the first disabled vehicle.

    He had just come from visiting his newborn granddaughter in the hospital.

    At memorial services last week, Khanzada was remembered as a humanitarian and beloved grandfather. He was an active member in various community groups ranging from the Council on American Islamic Relations to an organization that delivers food to homeless people.

    The driver of the car believed to have killed him was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CC Times.

    A nine-year-old girl's life was nearly claimed by drivers in a separate highway incident in Martinez. The girl was lost and wandered onto the freeway as she walked home from school. Despite crossing six lanes of oncoming traffic, she made it home safely.

    It's a stark reminder that there's no such thing as a safe highway.