Man Killed ‘Trying to do Something Heroic’ in I-90 Crash

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CLEVELAND-- A man, who was trying to help a stranded driver, was struck and killed on the freeway, causing a major traffic jam that lasted for hours.

"I think this gentleman was really trying to do something heroic; he was clearly trying to help these people," Det. Jennifer Ciaccia said.

Police say the 50-year-old man killed was one of two good samaritans trying to help a woman and four-year-old child, whose car had broken down on the highway.

Police said it was about 11:30 Thursday morning 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 that man was in the process of pushing the woman's car off to the side when the SUV came from behind and just 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.

Many drivers at the time had no idea what created all the mess.

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.

The victim’s identity has not been released pending notification of his next of kin.

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

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