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Man Dies After 2 Cars Hit Him on I-95



    Man Clipped, Struck as Friend Tries to Help

    Benjamin Melendez died during a strange series of events along Interstate 95 in Bucks County, Pa. (Published Sunday, May 18, 2014)

    A bizarre series of events left a man dead and his friend hurt along a busy southeast Pennsylvania interstate overnight.

    It all began when Daniel Raymond's Suzuki became disabled on the left shoulder of northbound Interstate-95 just before Exit 49 in Lower Makefield, Bucks County just after midnight.

    Raymond's passenger Benjamin Melendez then called a friend to come and help them. That friend, Maria Nyars arrived a short time later and pulled over on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes, according to Pennsylvania State Police. 

    Melendez, 30 of Trenton, N.J., began to cross the road to meet his friend when he was struck by the mirror of a passing Lexus. The force of the crash left Melendez sitting upright in the right-hand lane, according to investigators.

    Seeing his friend in the roadway, Raymond, 36 of Levittown, Pa., darted into traffic to try and drag Melendez to safety.

    A passing Hyundai Santa Fe then struck both Melendez and Raymond.

    The force of the crashes killed Melendez and landed Raymond in St. Mary Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. 

    The drivers of both cars stayed on the scene of the accident and were not intoxicated, according to police.

    State Police said they would investigate if alcohol use played any role in the victims' actions.

    The full cause of the crash remained under investigation Sunday.

    Police didn't immediately charge anyone.