When finding another person in trouble, most people would do whatever they could to lend a hand. That is precisely what one man did when he spotted a teen driver who had run out of gas on the 91 Freeway in Cerritos. This Good Samaritan’s kindness, however, ended tragically when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver.
KTLA in Los Angeles reports that on Sunday, September 29th, 34-Miguel Gutierrez Fabian had stopped to assist a 16-year-old teen driver from Norwalk who was stranded along the right-hand shoulder of the 91 Freeway just after 12:00 a.m. West of Bloomfield Avenue.
As Fabian was helping the teen, he was struck by a vehicle that eyewitnesses describe as a white work truck with wooden rails along the truck bed. It did not stop nor was any attempt made by the driver to render aid to the victim.
The Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner and paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department pronounced Fabian dead at the scene of the crash.
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According to a written statement issued by a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Officer J.C. Nunez, the vehicle is still at large, and investigators are looking for a truck matching that description that could have possible damage on the right side of the vehicle from the collision.
No further information was released about the teen driver who witnessed the crash.
The accident is still under investigation. Anyone with any further information is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol.