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Good Samaritan Dies Helping Push Other Car Off South Jersey Road

Kenneth Chivalette died helping others along a New Jersey road

A man on his way to work who stopped to help a woman and her son after their car became disabled on a dark New Jersey road wound up dead.

A car struck Kenneth Chivalette as he and Brandon Pilecki pushed the broken down car off Pomona Road near Vera King Ferris Drive in Egg Harbor City around 4:30 a.m. Friday, Galloway Township police said.

The 52-year-old Good Samaritan died at the scene while Pilecki suffered minor injuries, police said.

"It’s a tragedy. He died helping others," ex-wife Clara Chivalette told NBC10’s Ted Greenberg.

Chivalette, a Galloway Township resident, was on his way to work in North Jersey when he spotted the people in need of help and did what he normally did in that situation -- stop to help, Clara Chivalette said.

“He was a great human being," Clara Chivalette said. "He always liked to go out of his way for others and that’s how he died this morning. Trying to help a lady on the road who was broken down.”

The driver of the striking Honda Civic remained at the scene, after calling 911, and no charges were immediately filed.

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