Good Samaritans: Doing the 'right thing' can be deadly

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- They got out to help at an accident scene and it cost them their lives.

Two Good Samaritans, 71-year-old Charles Burtt of Broad Run, Va. and 33-year-old Jamaal Wood  of Louisville, were killed on Interstate 64 west in Shelby County Monday when they pulled to the side of the road, got out of their vehicles and tried to help others involved in a separate accident.

While it may seem like the "right thing" to assist in a situation similar to Monday's, but police said it can be very dangerous.

Police say Wood and Burtt pulled over on the left hand side of the interstate instead of the emergency lane. Their vehicles were still partly in the roadway. Police advise to never pull over to the left. Police say if you pull over to help another vehicle get as far over as possible into the emergency lane. The best thing to do is be as visible as possible and put your hazard lights on.

Detective Eric Hettiger with the Shelby County Sheriff's office said if you find yourself on an interstate where there is no emergency lane to get away go you vehicle immediately.

Hettinger said his goal is to not to discourage drivers helping each other but to make sure safety is the top priority.

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