Good Samaritan identified as Mesa man; killed helping victims of Loop 202 crash

A multi-vehicle crash on the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in Phoenix has claimed a man's life and closed off the freeway near 32nd Street.
Published: Sep. 24, 2023 at 6:14 AM MST|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 12:14 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — A deadly crash shut down a portion of the Loop 202 Red Mountain in Phoenix for several hours Sunday morning. Now authorities have identified the good Samaritan who was killed trying to help those impacted.

Just before 4 a.m., Department of Public Safety troopers say a driver, who was involved in a hit-and-run on I-17 earlier in the morning, crashed on the Loop 202 near 32nd Street. Two bystanders then stopped to help those in need. However, as they were trying to help, one good Samaritan, identified on Monday as Douglas Scott Hunt, 34, of Mesa, was struck by a car. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. In total, four vehicles were involved in the Loop 202 collision.

DPS says two other men were transported with serious injuries. According to Phoenix Fire, a 5-month-old baby involved in the I-17 hit-and-run was also hospitalized in stable condition. Authorities say impairment is being investigated as a possible factor.

“This is the worst-case scenario where somebody who was completely uninvolved just stopping to help with those that they saw who were in need end up being the victims themselves. This is an absolute tragedy,” said DPS Sgt. Eric Andrews.

The eastbound lanes were closed for a couple of hours but reopened around 9:30 a.m. Click or tap here for Arizona’s Family traffic map.

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