19-year-old mother run over and killed as she stopped to help two elderly crash victims on the freeway
Bertha Aida Estrada of San Diego, California, was killed Thursday after stopping to help two elderly women who were involved in a highway rear-end collision
In a tragic twist of fate, a Good Samaritan who stopped to check on two cars involved in an early morning collision on State Route 94 was killed when she was struck by an SUV on Thursday, NBC reports.
According to the report, Bertha Aida Estrada, 19, of San Diego, California, was killed when she was hit by an SUV, the impact of which sent her flying over the median divider, where she was then possibly run over by a second car, which did not stop. The incident occurred on the eastbound lanes of SR-94 near 28th Street in Golden Hill at about 1:45 a.m according to California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
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Authorities said that Estrada had pulled over in her car after spotting an earlier car accident, which had involved a 23-year-old man whose 2018 Honda Civic had hit the rear end of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz sedan, containing two women, ages 82 and 84.
Estrada reportedly exited her car and ran across the eastbound side of the highway so that she could check on the senior citizens in the Mercedes. As she was talking to them standing in the traffic lane, a 24-year-old driving a 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV hit both Estrada and the Mercedes. The force of the impact reportedly threw Estrada over the median wall and into the westbound side of the highway. Investigators are still determining whether she was then run over by a second vehicle which did not stop.
The Medical Examiner's Office said that Estrada, a student and mother of a one-year-old boy, was declared dead at the scene. The elderly women and the Jeep driver were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Authorities do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in either of the two car accidents.
Unfortunately for the Estradas this is the second fatal incident involving cars that has befallen the family — Bertha's elder sister was also killed in a car accident. "I lost my daughter, my other daughter, many years ago in a car accident too," Estrada's mother, Elke, told NBC 7. "I have no more daughters," she said.
Chris Yataco, Estrada's brother, said that stopping to help the old women was in line with her good-natured character. "That is just who she is like if there was a turtle in the middle of the road, she would probably stop and pick it up as well," he said, adding, "That's how caring she is."