Bertha Aida Estrada: San Diego Good Samaritan killed by SUV stopping to help Stat Route- 94 crash victims.
At what price does one help others? A Good Samaritan who stopped to help victims of a car crash on a California freeway died Thursday after she was hit by an SUV.
Bertha Aida Estrada, 19, a San Diego resident had stopped along the eastbound lanes of State Route 94 after witnessing the crash. It was while Estrada was tending to crash victims that the teen was fatally struck by an oncoming SUV and was thrown onto the westbound side of the freeway the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
California Highway Patrol said an 82-year-old woman driving a gray Mercedes sedan was rear-ended by a 23-year-old woman driving a Honda Civic.
After getting hit, the driver of the Mercedes lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the concrete wall of the center divider. The sedan ended up blocking the left lanes of the freeway, police said.
Estrada who witnessed the crash, pulled over onto the right shoulder and ran across the freeway to check on the driver.
While standing next to the car, she and the Mercedes were hit by a 24-year-old man driving a Jeep Patriot, police said. CHP Officer Jake Sanchez told the Tribune that Estrada died before she could be taken to the hospital.
The drivers of the Mercedes and the Jeep were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Alcohol and drugs were not suspected as factors in the crashes.
Bertha Aida Estrada remembered as a selfless mother:
Following the tragedy, CHP Sgt. Sofia Mosqueda told San Diego News Video that it is dangerous for people to stop on the freeway to help victims and they should call 911 instead of getting out of their vehicle.
‘I’m sure that people appreciate good Samaritans. We appreciate good Samaritans,’ she said. ‘You still need to be aware of the danger that the freeway and the occupants of vehicles can pose.’
Told Estrada’s best friend, Mercedez Hernandez via Fox5: ‘She always had a big heart. As you can see, she left earth trying to help somebody.’
Adding, ‘She was the most hard-working people I’ve ever known. She had three jobs’.
Estrada leaves behind a one-year-old son.
A GoFundme fundraiser for her son along with burial costs by Friday afternoon (EST) had raised $4300.