Killeen Good Samaritan Killed Trying to Provide Aid to Injured Motorcyclist
Last week, the city of Killeen lost a good Samaritan who was trying to provide assistance to an injured motorcyclist.
According to a press release from Killeen PD, Pamela Kay Freeman, 51, witnessed a motorcycle accident at approximately 6:15 Thursday evening. Freeman stopped her vehicle at the intersection of 38th and Water street and attempted to cross the street to provide aid to a injured motorcyclist.
The motorcyclist had struck a Chevy Impala after the driver failed to to yield right of way. The motorcycle came to a halt in an outside lane of traffic where it was then hit by a Kia Sorento.
Sadly, a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado traveling northbound struck Pamela before she was able to reach the motorcyclist.
Pamela was swiftly taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, but passed at approximately 7:53 p.m from the injuries she sustained. An autopsy from the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas has been ordered.
Our new partners at KWTX report that the motorcyclist was flown to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple and underwent surgery the next day. The family of the motorcyclist wishes to thank Pamela's family for her valiant effort that day.
Pamela just wanted to do what any decent person would - help. This accident is terrible and left me wondering what I would do in the same situation, and the truth is I would've been clueless.
I turned to Google for answers. An article from Geico gave me an easy-to-follow rundown of what to do if I witness an accident.
- Ensure Your Safety First: Pull over to the side of the road at least 100 feet from the scene of the crime. Turn your hazard lights on and check your surroundings for any potential threats.
- Call 911: Even if the accident does not appear fatal, notify the authorities. Never assume that another witness has already called.
- Check on the victims: Never move a person that is injured, you could potentially cause more harm than good. You can easily help by providing reassurance that help is on the way.
Let's all try to make Texas roads safer by doing our part and sharing the road.