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Update: Good Samaritan Killed Trying to Help Crash Victim on I-80

The crash took place in Dixon just before 5 a.m. Thursday.

By Bay City News

DIXON (BCN) - A Vacaville man who stopped to help a crash victim on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 in Dixon Thursday morning died after he was struck by a car, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.

The Sacramento County coroner's office identified him as 36-year-old Spencer West Myers.

The incident began at about 4:55 a.m. when a Fairfield woman lost control of her 2004 Toyota Camry while driving east in the No. 2 lane west of Dixon Avenue, CHP Sgt. Phil Grant said.

The Toyota overturned and landed on its roof in the fast lane, Grant said.

Myers pulled over near the center divider east of the crash scene to help, Grant said.

A short time later, both Myers and the overturned Camry were struck by a 2002 Dodge Stratus driven by a Fairfield man, Grant said. The woman in the Camry was ejected from her car.

She and Myers were both taken to the University of California at Davis Medical Center, where Myers died at 6:11 a.m., according to the coroner's office. The woman is expected to survive, Grant said.

The driver of the Dodge was not injured, and was not cited for any violations, Grant said.

Grant said the CHP does not want to discourage people from stopping to help at accident scenes, but wants to remind them to be aware of their surroundings.

The deaths of good Samaritans "happen all too often," Grant said.

The crash is still under investigation.

The accident blocked lanes, and the CHP issued a Sig-alert at 5:05 a.m. All of the eastbound lanes were briefly shut down at Midway Road at about 5:20 a.m. to allow a medical helicopter to land on the highway.

All lanes were cleared shortly before 7 a.m.

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Vera Frederich April 18, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Can you confirm his name is spelled correctly? We believe this was a friend of ours...
Amber Jacobs April 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this he was a very good person. He did my mothers cabinets, we will be praying for you Spencer and your family.
Vera Frederich April 18, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Oh no! Our friend Spencer did work for a cabinet shop. Prayers !
Debi Von April 19, 2013 at 03:36 AM
This is so sad, Spencer was a quiet kind man that was a very artistic cabinet maker. He custom made my whole kitchen. I am so very sorry, My heart goes out to his wife and family.
Rev April 19, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Why didn't the driver see the overturned vehicle. You would think it was obvious?
Michael April 19, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Good point Rev! I was wondering the same thing myself??? It makes No sense! How much time had elapsed between the accident and the unfortunate death of Mr. Myers? I mean traffic should have already slowed WAY down and this driver obviously wasn't paying attention. The CHP needs to investigate!!! I'm a Dixon resident and I'm so sorry for your loss! Your friend/family member is a hero and gave his own life to save another. . Rest in Peace.
Chris April 19, 2013 at 05:40 PM
No need to jump to conclusions. It is very sad that it happened but placing blame without any real facts to go on isn't the answer. Was it Dark or foggy, was there a car ahead of the driver that swerved out of the way too late for them to see the overturned car, and by then the left shoulder was already taken by Mr. Myers car.. Or was it a thousand other things that could have been the cause. If the driver that hit them is a good person that was in the wrong place at the wrong time, then they are suffering enough without your hurtful and uneducated speculations. Just my 2 cents My prayers and wishes go out to Mr. Myers family,
denny rane April 19, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I hope that woman was worth saving..... R.I.P.
Debi Von April 19, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I'm a good friend of his aunts and I can tell you that Spencer would have stopped to help save a life regardless of any circumstance. I'm sure it was still dark and hwy 80 is know for being the most dangerous hwy in calif. I've been told by AAA drivers that they use their vehichle to block reckage ahead of an accident and leave room between them so if this happens you have a better chance of survival. However Spencer may have been along side the overturned car and just reacted as they both my have been cut off by a commuter cutting in and out of traffic. I have seen women putting on makeup or chatting on the phone or texting but the investigation will find the facts. This is very sad Spencer was a musician and made custom cabinets he had a beautiful wife and small children which brought him much joy. My heart breaks for Spencer myers and his family.
Tracy Nichols April 19, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I drive this highway at 5:30 all the time! There is no reason for someone not to see a vehicle turned over and what was the driver who hit the car doing driving on the shoulder!! I'm a friend of the family and am so sorry for their loss!!! Irresponsible drivers should be charged !
CC and Mitzie April 25, 2013 at 02:05 AM
This incident is SO SO very sad. There are lots of good folks that would not think twice to help someone in need! My heart, sorrow and prayers go out to Spencer's family. Although we cannot undo what has happened, we can reach out to his family and donate whatever we can. Whether it be donating money or reaching out to help the family in one way or another, we truly need to do something to help support his family!!! This could happen to anyone of us!!!

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