MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man was fatally run over as he helped a woman who had just been struck by a different car and knocked into a snow bank as she walked along an icy Ohio road, police said.
Mansfield police say 44-year-old Roger Rush Jr. was at a mechanic shop nearby when the first collision occurred Monday and he ran to help. They say he may have saved the life of a second good Samaritan who also tried to help because he gave that woman the reflective vest he was wearing and switched spots with her so his back was to traffic just before a second driver lost control and hit the trio, The Mansfield News Journal (http://bit.ly/18IR1w2 ) reported.
Rush, of Shelby, was trapped under the second vehicle as it hit the first car, according to the police report. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The two women were thrown to the side of the road and went to a hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, Mansfield police said.
Detective Sgt. Ken Carroll said the woman who was struck earlier probably had been forced into the street by deep snow on the usual paths, and he pleaded for residents to shovel their sidewalks.
"We end up with a lot of people walking in the roadways, and unfortunately, that's probably the only place she had to walk ... unless she wants to walk in the knee-deep snow," Carroll said.
That and the icy conditions made for a tragic mix. It didn't appear anyone involved in the collisions was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Carroll told the newspaper.
Information from: News Journal, http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com