One good Samaritan is in critical condition and another is missing after attempting to help a stranded driver Saturday night on Interstate 5 in Stockton.
A 20-year-old from French Camp was driving southbound on I-5 north of Weber Avenue around 11:10 p.m. when another car cut him off, causing him to swerve to the right and lose control of his Honda, according to a California Highway Patrol media release.
The Honda came to a rest in the far left lane facing east, where the driver was unable to budge it. After a couple minutes, a man and his girlfriend – later identified by family members as Doris Wilson, a 26-year-old mother of two – pulled over to help the Honda driver, who was standing on the center median.
A Chevrolet driven by a 35-year-old woman from Stockton then came speeding down the No. 1 lane and crashed into the Honda. CHP officers believe either the Chevrolet or the Honda hit Wilson and her boyfriend, who is not being publicly identified as he is treated for life-threatening injuries.
Authorities believe Wilson was thrown over the highway bridge rail into a cold, deep channel. A Stockton Fire Department dive team has unsuccessfully tried to locate her in the 14-foot-deep canal.
The Record reported divers had looked for Wilson, who is believed to have been about 5-foot-1 and weighed around 100 pounds, on Sunday but had to call off their search due to the water's bone-chilling temperature. Visibility was also extremely limited beneath the surface.
The Honda and Chevrolet drivers both suffered minor to moderate injuries as a result of the crash. Alcohol and other drugs were not a factor.
Benjy Egel: firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 321-1052