An accident on the interstate in Volusia County show how dangerous it can be for drivers, particularly truckers who are on the road frequently, to step near traffic.
The fatal accident occurred after a driver stepped out of his big rig truck to help direct traffic after a crash. After coming upon the wreck on Interstate 4, he parked his big rig, put on his reflective vest and approached the crash scene to help out.
The 37-year-old man, who was reportedly on his way back home after making a delivery in Orlando, was struck by a driver who swerved to avoid the earlier accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to News4Jax’s website, a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol recommends staying as far away from the road as possible. If a driver needs to pull over for whatever reason, it is advised that they have wear a safety vest, use a safety cone and take a flashlight with an attachment if traffic needs to be directed.
Unfortunately, even someone who does everything right is at risk of reckless drivers. The truck driver in this instance was wearing his reflective vest, but he was still fatally struck. Police say the driver who hit him will probably face charges.
The man’s family, who describe him as a loving father and husband who loved to help people out when he could, say he wanted to be a police officer and was about halfway to earning a degree.
Source: News4Jax.com, “Driver helping at crash scene killed,” Oct. 3, 2011