Man Dies While Helping Stranger Change Flat Tire

Monday, Oct 14, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM EDT
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A coroner says a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help another motorist change a tire died of trauma injuries caused when he was hit by another vehicle along a northeastern Pennsylvania highway.

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Troopers from the Dunmore barracks say the dead man is 30-year-old Richard Cummings, of Scranton.

Police say Cummings stopped to help a 20-year-old man change a flat near Exit 5 of the Casey Highway in Mayfield just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. A 17-year-old boy had also stopped to help out.

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That's when police say a sport-utility vehicle driven by a Simpson woman crashed into the disabled car, also hitting Cummings and injuring the car's owner and the 17-year-old teen.

Police say the crash remains under investigation and have not charged the driver.

The Lackawanna County coroner confirmed Cummings' cause of death on Monday.

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