20-Year-Old Marine Tragically Dies After ‘Trying To Help Somebody In Need’

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A U.S. Marine was killed Monday after he pulled over to help a couple that had been involved in a solo car crash, according to a report.

The unidentified 20-year-old Marine was driving around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 near Las Pulgas Road in Oceanside, California, when he pulled over to help 36-year-old Darryl Sheffey and his 31-year-old female companion. The duo’s SUV had been involved in a solo crash and was left sideways in the southbound lanes, according to CBS 8.

As the Marine was assisting the pair, a box truck collided into the SUV, killing the Marine and injuring the couple, according to the report. (RELATED: Elderly Couple Killed In Fiery Train Crash On Way Home From Thanksgiving Dinner)

“The Marine is a male Marine,” California Highway Patrol said, according to the report. “He was trying to do the right thing, he was trying to help somebody in need. Unfortunately, the freeway traffic was still moving at the time and the box van came and collided into the vehicle.”

Sheffey and the unidentified female were taken to a local hospital. Sheffey has since been arrested for several felony charges and is expected to be booked in the San Diego County jail following medical care, according to CBS 8.