Trucker Killed After Stopping To Help Stranded Motorist
Dallas, Texas – A trucker was struck and killed along Interstate 30 in Dallas on Monday after stopping to help a stranded motorist.
Truck driver Ryan Douglas-Jaques, 42, was traveling westbound on I-30 near Hampton Road around 12:30 p.m. when he saw a white SUV blocking the left lane.
According to Raul Reyna of the Dallas County Sheriff’s (DCS) Department, Douglas-Jaques parked his semi in front of the disabled SUV to help shield it from passing cars.
Reyna said Douglas-Jaques then exited his truck to assist the motorist.
The trucker was in the process of attaching a chain to the SUV when a black Toyota Tundra collided with the back of the SUV Douglas-Jaques was working on.
The impact caused the SUV to spin and strike both Douglas-Jaques and his truck.
Douglas-Jaques was transported to the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he later succumb to his injuries, DCS reported.
According to authorities, the driver of the Tundra told officials a vehicle traveling in front of him changed lanes and he did not see the disabled SUV in time.
The driver of the Tundra and the vehicle’s passenger were also transported to the hospital.
The extent of their injuries were not made available.
Reyna said no charges are expected for the driver of the Tundra.
Douglas-Jacques’ mother told CBS11 her son regularly tried to help drivers on the road, though she would advise him against doing so for his own safety.
(Photo courtesy of Marylin Jacques)