Police advise what to do if you see an accident


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Word of a good Samaritan killed after stopping to help accident victims has spread quickly among those in the police community.

“This incident is human greatness at its best and human tragedy at its worst,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara.

In the early morning hours Thursday, 34-year-old Lauren Mohr of Wallingford stopped her vehicle on a bridge in the area of exit 7 on I-91 North. She was trying to help two people involved in a hit-and-run, but soon after she called 911 to report the crash, misfortune would strike again. Mohr somehow fell off the bridge, landing 40 feet below. She would later die from her injuries. How she fell off the bridge is still under investigation, but authorities say one possibility could be that she slipped on snow or ice.

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What should you do if you find yourself in a similar situation? Despite what your first instincts might tell you, first responders say there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Chief MacNamara says drivers who see an accident occur need to think hard before pulling over and getting out of a vehicle on a busy roadway.

“You have to remember that there is something that caused the accident in the first place, so there’s danger there,” said MacNamara.

MacNamara adds those involved in the crash also need to take steps to be safe. Whether involved in the accident or a witness, he recommends:

  • calling 911 to alert authorities
  • pulling over somewhere so you can get off the road and be safe away from danger
  • evaluating the scene to determine if it would be safer to stay in the vehicle
  • walk to a location that is safely away from traffic if you need to get out of vehicle
  • turning on your¬†hazard lights

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