Juan Carlos Salgado: Good Samaritan who rescued cop from burning car dies in exact spot 3 weeks later in accident while walking.
A Good Samaritan who rescued a Texas police officer from a car wreck has died just three weeks later in the exact same spot.
Juan Carlos Salgado, 41, was killed when he was struck by two cars in succession while crossing a dimly lit road in Houston on Thursday night.
Salgado, who worked as a landscaper, was on his way to get dinner when he was struck outside of the crosswalk, Telephone Road near Red Robin Lane.
A shrine has now been set up for the landscaper just feet away from where the Good Samaritan single-handedly rescued the police officer from on Christmas Eve.
‘He lost his life in the same place where he saved other lives,’ his uncle told via KPRC2.
Police said that Salgado appeared to have attempted to cross the wide, dimly lit road outside of the crosswalk. Safe passage on foot is difficult in the area, residents said. Crosswalks and controlled intersections are relatively far apart.
Several streetlights do not appear to be working in the area.
Juan Carlos Salgado: ‘How am I going to leave a person in need?’
Just three weeks earlier, Salgado was walking home when he heard the crash involving a police cruiser and a drunken driver.
Witnesses said they saw Salgado running towards the fiery crash and pulling Houston police Officer Alonzo Reid from the wreck.
Reid and Salgado were then able to rescue officer John Daily from the driver’s seat.
Daily was seriously injured and suffered burns to more than 50 percent of his body.
‘How am I going to leave a person in need? We’re all people,’ Salgado said at the time.
The crash occurred when a car driven by Cesar Collazo swerved in front of the police cruiser and crashed into them head-on.
Collazo fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with drunk driving.
Salgado’s relatives say he will be buried in Mexico where his mother still lives.
The drivers who struck Salgado last week were questioned and later released by police.