Man killed on I-5 after responding to call for help


TACOMA, Wash. - A man was killed Wednesday night on southbound I-5 after responding to a call for help.

It was initially reported the man was responding to a call from his daughter. Police said Thursday afternoon the man was a father-figure to the woman who called him. 

Two women were stranded in their vehicle after apparently running out of gas on southbound I-5 near the Tacoma Dome at about 9:30 p.m.

Reporter Joanna Small is working on getting more information about the family and will have a live report in our 5 p.m. newscast.  >>

One of them called the man, who arrived and pulled over. Because of construction, there was only a small shoulder area.



While attempting to put gas in the car, the man was hit by a car. He died at the scene. There were no other injuries.

The driver who hit the man cooperated with authorities. Troopers say that person will not be arrested or charged with a crime.

Troopers advise people whose vehicles become disabled to stay inside their cars and call 911 for help.

“Remain inside your vehicle. That’s the safest place. Call 911. Let the troopers or officers come to the scene to help you. We have lights, we have things that we can do to get you safely off the roadway,” said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Greer.

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