A U.S. Marine who stopped to help a driver in a crash on Interstate 5 early Monday died after being struck by an oncoming truck. The driver he stopped to help was later arrested on felony charges, California Highway Patrol said.
The 20-year-old Marine, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton, stopped to help the driver of an SUV who had crashed into the center divider and rolled over on southbound I-5 near Las Pulgas Road south of San Onofre at about 3:20 a.m.
Inside the crashed vehicle was the driver, 36-year-old Darryl Sheffey, and a 31-year-old woman.
While the Marine was aiding the two passengers, a box truck crashed into the SUV, CHP said. The Marine was critically injured and died despite the efforts of Camp Pendleton firefighters who responded to the scene.
The two SUV passengers were transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla with major injuries. Their current condition was not disclosed.
CHP said once Sheffey is released from the hospital, he would be booked into San Diego County Jail on multiple felony charges. The charges he would be facing were not yet disclosed.
The crash created traffic delays during the Monday morning commute. At one point, all lanes of southbound I-5 were shut down for the crash.
No other information was available.
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