Calif. man killed while helping ducks cross road — moments after being cheered by onlookers
A California father died after being struck by a automobile Thursday night time while helping a household of ducks cross a busy road, witnesses mentioned.
The horrifying crash passed off at Stanford Ranch Road and Park Drive within the metropolis of Rocklin, about 22 miles from Sacramento, simply after 8 p.m.
William Wimsatt, a 12-year-old boy who witnessed the kindhearted stranger’s actions, told KCRA 3 the man had stepped out of his automobile to assist the ducks keep away from site visitors.
“He got out of the car and was shooing the ducks and everyone was clapping because he was being really nice,” William mentioned.
The younger boy took photographs of the man, who has not been recognized, along with his cellphone as he and the ducks crossed in entrance of his mom’s automobile.
“He helped them get up over the curb because all the little baby duckies were having trouble and then he walked in front of our car,” the boy recounted.
After the ducks made it safely to the opposite aspect of the road, William mentioned, onlookers of their vehicles applauded the nice Samaritan’s actions.
“My mom rolled down the window and said, ‘Good job, good job,’ and I said, ‘Good job’ to him too.”
Right after that, William mentioned, the man was struck by a automobile that seemingly got here out of nowhere.
“I didn’t see the car actually hit him. All I remember is the sound and then him flying across the intersection,” he mentioned.
“His shoes and one of his socks were right in front of our car.”
Another girl, Summer Peterson, told KOVR that her baby additionally noticed the tragedy unfold.
“They were saying, ‘Oh, it’s so cute. It’s so nice of him.’ And then all of a sudden he was hit by a car,” she instructed the outlet at a makeshift memorial for the man on Friday.
After the accident, William’s mom obtained out of her automobile and comforted the man’s kids, who have been sitting in their very own automobile and witnessed the crash.
A makeshift memorial — stuffed with rubber duckies and flowers — was arrange on the nook the place the accident occurred.
William mentioned he hopes individuals keep in mind the man for his kindness.
“He was the only person to get out of the car and try and help them and probably the nicest person in the entire area. It’s not fair,” he mentioned.
Police are nonetheless investigating the reason for the fatality.
The driver, a 17-year-old woman, is cooperating with authorities and isn’t at the moment going through any expenses.
DUI shouldn’t be suspected, KOVR reported.