SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - A good Samaritan was struck and killed by an SUV Thursday when she stopped to help motorists at the scene of a two-car crash on state Route 94 in the Golden Hill area. Loved ones have identified the victim as a young mother.
The initial crash happened shortly before 1:45 a.m. on eastbound 94 just east of 28th street, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of a 2018 Honda Civic struck the rear of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz sedan, sending the Mercedes into the center median wall, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.
The Mercedes came to rest in the left lanes of eastbound SR-94, and a 19-year-old woman who spotted the crash from another vehicle pulled over at the scene, Sanchez said.
The woman got out of her vehicle and ran across the eastbound SR-94 to check on an 82-year-old woman and an 84-year-old woman in the Mercedes. At that point, a 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV driven by a 24-year-old man struck the Mercedes and the good Samaritan, Sanchez said.
The impact sent the woman flying and she landed on the westbound side of the freeway, Sanchez said. Investigators were unsure whether she was struck by a second vehicle when she was thrown into the westbound lanes.
Those that knew the victim identified her as a mother named Bertha Yataco-Estrada.
Both women in the Mercedes were taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Sanchez said. The Jeep driver was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.