As a society, most of us are willing to help someone who is hurt or in distress whenever we can. Unfortunately, however, in a recent incident in the Oak Cliff area on Sunday, the desire to be a Good Samaritan cost one man his life.
According to a story which appeared on the Dallas CBS Local website, the incident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m. when a man stopped to help out a motorist who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash alongside the southbound lanes of Highway 67 located near Kiest Boulevard.
Police indicated that after the initial crash between a Ford Expedition and a Cadillac the driver of the Cadillac left the scene. He stopped a short distance later and fled his vehicle on foot. The driver, whose identity has not been released is still being sought by authorities
Several vehicles stopped on Highway 67 in order to assist the driver of the Ford Expedition, Cesar Velasquez-Comacho, 23. His vehicle was left stalled in the center lane of the highway. Among those helping were Michael Donnelly, 32, and Lyndsee Longoria, 26. As they were pushing the car off the road another motorist was traveling southbound in the center lane of Highway 67.
The driver, Nigel Wilson, 19, saw the stalled vehicle and the Good Samaritans attempting to help and attempted to swerve but was unable to avoid striking both Donnelly and Longoria. Wilson immediately stopped his vehicle and remained at the scene of the accident.
Emergency crews rushed Donnelly to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead as the result of his injuries. Longoria was also taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Her condition was later upgraded to stable.
Velasquez-Comacho and Wilson were also both transported to the hospital. No further word has been released about their condition.
Dallas Police have stated that no charges are currently pending in the case.
It’s only a matter of time before the driver that fled the scene is caught by law enforcement. The law is clear that whenever a person is involved in an accident that involves serious personal injuries or death, that they are required to immediately stop and remain at the scene or as close as possible as is safe and remain there until released by a law enforcement officer.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a hit-and-run or any other type of auto accident, give our offices a call today. A lawyer can help to protect your rights and ensure that you and your loved ones potentially receive the most compensation possible for any injuries or damages you have suffered as a result.