Good Samaritan Killed on I-90 ID’ed

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CLEVELAND – The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office released the name of the man who was killed as he tried to help a stranger.

Earl Loury, 50, of Cleveland, stopped to help push a broken down car to the side of I-90 when he was hit by another vehicle.

“I think this gentleman was really trying to do something heroic; he was clearly trying to help these people,” Det. Jennifer Ciaccia with the Cleveland Division of Police said.

Loury was one of two good Samaritans that came to the aide of a woman and a 4-year-old child.

It was about 11:30 a.m. Thursday when the men directed the woman and child to move to the side of the road while they pushed her car off the freeway.

Police said Loury was in the process of pushing the when an SUV came from behind and slammed into him.

I-90 eastbound and some of the westbound lanes were closed near the E. 55th Street exit while emergency crews descended on the scene and tried to save the man’s life.

But he died at the hospital.

“Traffic was backed up severely for quite some time,” Ciaccia said.

And for quite some distance.

Cleveland police believe the victim was trying to do the right thing; but next time they want people to do the safe thing.

“If you see somebody trapped in a vehicle or in a stalled car, make a call; pull over; use your cell phone and call for police to come,” Ciaccia said.

Police said the crash is under investigation. No one was arrested.

*Read more on the crash.