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Sailor killed in California crash while helping stranded motorists

A U.S. Marine was struck and killed by a box truck while helping a couple who crashed their SUV on a Southern California freeway early Monday morning, authorities said.

The unidentified serviceman, 20, was helping the couple after their vehicle was left in the lanes of Interstate 5 in Oceanside without its lights on around 3:30 a.m., according to local reports.

“He was trying to do the right thing, he was trying to help someone in need,” a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol told CBS 8, referring to the Marine.

“Unfortunately, the traffic on the highway was still moving at that time and the van arrived and collided with the vehicle,” the statement said.

The Marine was stationed near Camp Pendleton, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The occupants of the SUV were hospitalized after the accident. The driver of the vehicle is expected to be jailed on suspicion of several crimes after receiving treatment, the newspaper reported.

With post wires

First responders at the scene of the accident.
The crashed SUV the Navy was trying to help.
The crashed SUV the Navy was trying to help.

New York Post

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