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Bartlett man fatally hit on I-57 aiding car-pedestrian victim

Updated: January 1, 2013 6:25AM



An 80-year-old man from Bartlett died late Wednesday after being struck by a car on I-57 south of Kankakee when he tried to help another man who had also been hit by a car, authorities said.

Jack S. Douglas was pronounced dead at a hospital where he was taken after the incident.

According to Illinois State Police, Jimmy Lee Westbrook, 58, of Brownsville, Tenn., was hit by a car while trying to retrieve a tire that came off his car.

After losing the driver’s side tire and rim of his vehicle on northbound I-57 near milepost 277 about 32 miles south of Kankakee, Westbrook had gotten out and tried to retrieve the tire, which had rolled into the center median.

As Westbrook crossed back into the northbound lanes with his tire, he was fatally struck by a car driven by 61-year-old man from Summit, an ISP release said.

Douglas stopped to assist Westbrook, who was lying in the roadway in traffic. He helped Westbrook’s female passenger drag Westbrook onto the shoulder out of traffic, state police said. Douglas spoke with the woman and said he would call for help, but when he ran back across traffic to his vehicle, he was struck by a car driven by a 59-year-old from Champaign.

Douglas, who state police referred to as a Good Samaritan, was taken by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Champaign, where he was pronounced dead at 11:01 p.m. Westbrook died at the scene.

Northbound I-57 was shut down for about 2½ hours.

The crash remained under investigation Thursday, and police said no citations had been issued.



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