Good Samaritan tries to help car crash victim on California freeway; both killed

Authorities say a car crash victim and a Good Samaritan who stopped to help her died when struck by several cars on a Northern California freeway.

The San Mateo County coroner's office says 39-year-old Stacy White and 26-year-old Steven Pereira were killed around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The California Highway Patrol says White was apparently under the influence of alcohol while was driving north in the southbound lane of Highway 101.

The CHP says White stopped her car and got out, and Pereira stopped to help. A limousine struck them, knocking them into the northbound lanes where they were hit by multiple vehicles, including a state patrol cruiser.

The incident caused a 15-hour backup on the freeway, which finally reopened Sunday evening.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,