Good Samaritan Dad Saves Ducks, Gets Hit and Killed by Car
An unnamed California man was struck and killed by a car after trying to help a family of ducks across a busy California highway.
The man parked his car by the side of the road. On Friday evening, he escorted the mother duck and her family of ducklings across the intersection of Park Drive and Stanford Ranch Boulevard in Rocklin, California.
After helping the ducks, the man was hit by a 17-year-old female driver and killed as his helpless children watched on from the family car.
Police say the teen remained at the scene and is cooperating fully with the investigation.
12-year-old William Wimsatt, the child of another driver, captured the act of kindness. Speaking to 3KCRA, William said: ‘He got out of the car; he was shooing the ducks. Everyone was clapping because he was being really nice.”
‘He helped them get up on the curb because the baby duckies were having trouble.’
The Wimsatt family thanked the man for his good deed, but moments later, a car traveling eastbound on Stanford Ranch Boulevard struck and killed the good Samaritan.
‘All I remember is the sound and then him flying across the intersection,’ he added, ‘his shoes and one of his socks were right in front of our car.’
‘He was the only person to get out of the car and try and help them and probably the nicest person in the entire area. It’s not fair,’ William said.
After the incident, William’s mother got out of her car and comforted the man’s children, who were sitting in the man’s parked car, and unfortunately witnessed the collision.
The man can be seen moving the ducks to safety in the photographs.
Another woman, Summer Peterson, said her children also saw the scene unfold.
‘They were saying, ‘Oh, it’s so cute. It’s so nice of him.’ And then all of a sudden, he was hit by a car,’ she told CBS 13.
Peterson created a temporary memorial at the crash site, with locals leaving flowers, and her son brought rubber ducks in tribute to the man’s last act of kindness.
‘My son wanted to bring rubber duckies and flowers to this gentleman who lost his life; he was a father.’
Rocklin Police said the 17-year-old female driver remained at the scene after the accident and cooperated fully with the investigation.
California man killed while helping ducks cross road — moments after being cheered by onlookershttps://t.co/v4xQzFx4ME
— Mr Producer (@RichSementa) May 22, 2023
Let's hope that changes. She killed someone…
"The driver, a 17-year-old girl, is cooperating with authorities and is not currently facing any charges."https://t.co/aMSquHqZTa
— RD Carrington (@rdcarrington) May 22, 2023
In a statement, the police department said: ‘The driver remained at the scene of the collision.”
Paramedics arrived to assist; however, the man died at the scene. The Major Accident Investigation Team was activated and responded to the area.
‘No arrest was made, and the incident is still under investigation,’ they added.
‘We would like to extend our condolences to all involved in this tragic event.’
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Rocklin Police Department.
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