A heroic bystander at a car accident scene was killed this week after trying to help following a car wreck.
The Florida Times-Union recently reported on the event. Early in the morning on Saturday, a 19-year-old woman was driving along a highway in southern Florida. The driver swerved to miss a deer, and in so doing she struck a power pole that was on the side of the road. The pole, which carried 14,400 volts of electricity, was snapped in half.
Another car which watched the accident occur, and stopped at the side of the road. The driver, 52-year old David Katterhenry, got out of his car and attempted to help those in the crashed vehicle.
He called out to the young injured driver, “Hang out, we’re coming, we’re calling the police.”
However, as Hatterhenry was trying to reach the downed car he touched a live wire that had fallen in the wreck. The wire sent strong electrical currents upon its impact with his body. Hatterhenry at died at the scene.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys send sincere condolences to the victims of this accident. In our decades of experience we have watched as countless families have suffered the devastating effects of loss following these vehicles accidents. Each day heroic men and women risk their lives to help those who are in need of help following accidents. Our city is filled with brave men and women who are willing to risk it all to help a fellow community member. The tragedy of these wrecks are perhaps at their most heartbreaking when death strikes those who weren’t involved in the initial accident at all but merely try to help.
Please contact a Chicago car accident lawyer to learn more about your legal rights if you have been involved with these events.