Michigan State Police say a man who was trying to help a motorist following a crash on Interstate 696 in Warren on Wednesday night was hit and killed by an oncoming car.
Police said 36-year-old George Danis of Troy, stopped to help 20-year-old Angelica Difatta of Roseville when her car had been involved in a crash that was blocking the westbound left lane just west of Sherwood.
"Attempted to get out and check on her well being, make sure she was okay. While he was doing that another motorist had driven around the curve and had a second collision with that vehicle," said MSP Sgt. James Grady.
The oncoming car, driven by 44-year-old Sean Cunningham of Northville, was unable to stop before hitting one of the disabled cars, which in turn struck Danis, pinning him under his own car that was parked nearby, police said.
Danis was pronounced dead at the scene, the two other drivers are in serious condition at St. John Oakland Hospital.
"It's heartbreaking just because he took the time out to check on someone else to make sure that they were okay, and ended up losing his life while doing that," said Grady.
Police said they are still investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash and ask that any witnesses to the crash contact them at MSP’s Metro Post – 248-584-5740.
It was the second time in less than a week that a good Samaritan died following a Detroit-area crash. A woman trying to help an injured truck driver was hit Sunday in Macomb County's Chesterfield Township. Another driver also died.