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Man's death on Ventura Freeway appears to be ‘horrible accident'

October 4, 2011 |  8:40 am

a Good Samaritan died Saturday night when his car was struck from behind by another vehicle Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the death of a 55-year-old Long Beach man who was struck and killed Saturday night while helping to change a flat tire on the Ventura Freeway, although it appears to have been a "horrible accident."

The man, whom Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified as Donald Bishop, was struck and killed on the 134 Freeway near the Buena Vista Street off-ramp in Burbank at about 10:45 p.m. as he walked back to his car after helping a friend change a tire on a Ford pickup, the Burbank Leader reported.

A 27-year-old Burbank man, whose name was not immediately released, was driving about 65 mph in the far right lane of the freeway and "allowed his vehicle to drive on the right shoulder," where it struck Bishop and his Ford Aerostar, California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Bender said.

The impact sent debris into the air, striking the driver of the Ford pickup, a 52-year-old Cerritos man. He was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with multiple cuts on his head, according to the CHP.

The collision also caused a three-car pileup on the freeway, Bender said, after the driver who struck the Aerostar abruptly stopped to provide assistance, but no injuries were reported.

Bishop was pronounced dead at the scene by Burbank firefighters.

The Burbank man was not intoxicated, Bender said, adding that "it appears to be a horrible accident and we need to fully investigate the matter before any charges are brought forward."


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Photo: After helping a friend change a flat tire on the Ventura Freeway, a Good Samaritan died Saturday night when his car was struck from behind by another vehicle. Credit: KTLA