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Good samaritan dies after being hit as he crossed I-20 to help accident victims

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL) - The person who was killed while trying to help two crash victims on Interstate-20 at the Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Sunday afternoon has been identified.

The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office identified the pedestrian as 74-year-old Ray Franklin Patton, of Shreveport.

It was just after 2:30 pm, when Shreveport Police responded to reports of a major accident on I-20 in the westbound lanes. While on their way, they were notified that a pedestrian had also been struck at that location.

When they arrived on scene, officers learned a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck had been involved in a crash on the westbound side of I-20.

Ray Patton, a good Samaritan, witnessed the crash, stopped his vehicle on the eastbound side of the interstate and then attempted to cross both of the east bound lanes to provide aid to the victims.

As Patton was crossing the road, he was struck by an oncoming motorist and was pronounced dead on scene. The driver and passenger in the initial accident were transported to University Health Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators with the Crash Investigations Unit responded to the scene and reconstructed the accident. Their investigation is ongoing. All person involved in the crash were cooperative and submitted to all mandatory chemical testing.


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