A 29-year-old Marine was struck and killed early Monday while he stopped to help a suspected drunken driver who had been in a rollover crash on the 10 Freeway in Loma Linda, California, authorities said.
Enrico Antonio Rojo, of Ontario, was driving his family to the airport when he stopped at around 1:30 a.m. on the freeway near Mountain View Avenue to help a woman whose vehicle had collided with a tractor-trailer and flipped onto its roof, according to the Redlands Fire Department.
Rojo had told his family he wanted to stop and help the woman, fire battalion chief Jim Topoleski told the San Bernardino Sun.
But Rojo was struck by a passing 2017 Hyundai Sonata, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver tried to steer away but ending up hitting Rojo.
Officers performed CPR on Rojo, who later died at the scene, according to the CHP.
The driver of the Sonata stopped and cooperated with authorities.
The driver in the rollover crash was Crystal Adrianna Martinez, 22, of Loma Linda, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney.