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Good Samaritan killed on freeway

June 04, 2008|Francisco Vara-Orta

A Fountain Valley man was struck and killed on the eastbound 134 Freeway early Tuesday after stepping from his car to render aid to the victims of a car crash, authorities said.

Kirk Dowling, 48, had pulled his vehicle to the right shoulder of the freeway, just west of Pacific Avenue, shortly before 1 a.m., after noticing that a collision had blocked several lanes of traffic, authorities said.

As he walked along the freeway's south shoulder, motorist Sara Kacee, 28, of Altadena swerved to avoid the collision, striking Dowling and then his vehicle, authorities said.

Dowling suffered major head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Officer S. Coyle of the California Highway Patrol's Altadena-area office.

Kacee, who suffered moderate injuries, was not arrested.

All eastbound lanes were closed until 4:17 a.m.

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