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Southern California teen killed trying to help at crash site

A young woman who had stopped to help people involved in a two-car crash on state Route 94 in San Diego County was killed when she was struck by a car.

She was 19.

At about 1:45 a.m. one recent day, a 2018 Honda Civic rear-ended a 1999 Mercedes-Benz sedan, which forced the Mercedes to wind up against the center median wall, according to the California Highway Patrol.

As the young woman was traveling, she saw the accident, pulled over and got out of her car. She darted across the eastbound lanes of SR 94, determined to assist the occupants of the Mercedes: two women, ages 82 and 84. As she reached the car, the Mercedes and the young woman were struck by a 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV with a 24-year-old man behind the wheel.

When the young woman was struck, her body was sent to the westbound lanes of the highway. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the Mercedes and the driver of the Jeep were treated at area hospitals for minor injuries.

It is not known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

In the wake of the crash, a California Highway Patrol sergeant gave a word of caution to motorists: "9-1-1 is the safest response for everyone if you want to help."

The family of the young woman who passed away while trying to do a good thing will take little consolation in those words. They will want to monitor the highway patrol's investigation and as more facts come to light, they might consider contacting a Southern California attorney who works with car accident cases to discuss their next step.

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