…and good intentions and speeding robotic California drivers.
A second Good Samaritan has died this morning following a crash yesterday when he and a group of people tried to help a driver in a burning car.
There were two incidents that happened just moments within each other on Thursday around 12:15 p.m. that led to the deaths. A preliminary investigation showed that a car was pulled off to the right shoulder near the Sherman Way off-ramp of the 170 Hollywood Freeway in North Hollywood because its engine was on fire, California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Tang told City News Service. The driver got out of the car and called authorities.
However, a second car, a Chevy, pulled over to the shoulder after seeing the first car on fire. A witness told KTLA that a group from the Chevy was trying to help the driver of the burning car.
That’s when the driver of a third car, a 2000 Toyota Camry, going at about 70 mph at 12:15 p.m., swerved to avoid an unrelated crash. The Toyota struck three of the people who had gotten out of their car earlier to help. Tang said one of the victims in the crash was stuck in the windshield of the Toyota, and the car kept going on the off-ramp before it crashed on an embankment.
“Shortly after the fire truck pulled up, I was just looking over to see if the guys—and, it happened so quickly,” witness Tracy Young told KTLA. “I don’t know if cars clipped, and one got sent off the freeway, but the guys were just obliterated. The car just went right through.”
Young added that when firefighters were putting out the engine fire, everything happened so quickly that at first, they didn’t even realize there was a crash that happened behind them.
One man died at the scene, and CHP was notified this morning at 7:30 a.m. that a second man had died, Tang told LAist. The victims have not been identified.
Tang identified the driver of the Toyota was identified as 41-year-old Ronnie Catap, according to City News Service. He was taken to a hospital for moderate injuries. He was not arrested.
What is it about Camry drivers?
If I were to generalize (which I enjoy doing), Camry drivers are some of the most frantic, pedal-to-the-metal drivers I consistently see on the road.