I-75 Crash Kills Good Samaritan
He had stopped to extricate a drunken driver from the wreckage of a crashed car, according to FHP troopers.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Good Samaritan died this morning (Feb. 24) when he was hit while trying to help a man who had been injured in a previous traffic crash on I-75, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Wesley H. Weysham Jr., 59, of North Port, died at the scene.
Veronica Gonzalez, 31, of Ruskin, one of the drivers, was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. Another driver, Samuel Maldonado Flores, 24, of Ruskin, was taken to St. Joseph’s South with minor injuries.
The third driver, George Edward Evans III, 32, of Ruskin, was taken to Tampa General with minor injuries. Troopers said he had been drinking.
The crash happened about 4:39 a.m. on southbound I-75 at about Milepost 254 in Hillsborough County.
Troopers said Evans was driving a 2018 Toyota Tacoma south on I-75 when, for an unknown reason, he stopped in the inside travel lane. Gonzalez, who was driving a 2003 Buick LeSabre, was unable to see or stop in time and collided with the Tacoma. Both vehicles came to rest in the travel lanes.
Mr. Weysham, who had been driving south on I-75, stopped and extricated Evans from the wreckage and moved him to the inside shoulder to provide medical aid, troopers said.
Flores, who was driving a 2010 Toyota Camry, failed to see the Tacoma and the LeSabre. The Camry collided with the Tacoma, which rotated and hit Mr. Weysham, killing him.
After the impact between the Camry and the Tacoma, the Tacoma burst into flames.
Charges are pending, troopers said.
Photos courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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