An active Marine who was stationed at 29 Palms, was struck and killed while assisting a driver involved in a rollover crash.
The tragedy happened early on Monday morning when the victim, 29-year-old Enrico Rojo was on his way to the Los Angeles International Airport with his fiancée.
They came upon a crash at around 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 10, east of Mountain View Avenue. Rojo stopped to provide medical assistance to the person involved in the crash.
A 2017 Hyundai Sonata veered to avoid the wrecked vehicle, accidentally hitting Rojo, CHP reports.
The driver of the Sonata, Alexander Petricevic, stopped and immediately called 911. Firefighters responded to find Rojo being held by his fiancée. He was pronounced dead at scene, CHP said.
As for the initial accident that the brave Marine stopped to assist with, CHP reported that a Toyota Matrix traveling west on I-10 hit a semi-truck while changing lanes. The Matrix rolled and came to a stop in traffic. Rojo stopped to provide first aid to the Toyota, 22-year-old Crystal Adrianna Martinez.
Rojo’s parents told reporters that their son served a tour in Afghanistan and survived an IED explosion.
“He lived a hero and he died a hero,” said Miguel Rojo, Enrico Rojo’s father.
Rojo and his fiancée were on their way to Texas to visit the family for Christmas.
Martinez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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