PORTSMOUTH--A Good Samaritan, hit by a truck after he pulled over on I-264 Tuesday to assist a stranded driver, has lost his leg and is in critical condition, according to his family.
State Police say Roy "Chip" Hilborn of Chesapeake stopped on the shoulder of I-264 eastbound to assist a woman whose Toyota Rav4 appeared to be stuck in the grass median.
Hilborn's daughter, Jennifer Etter, tells 13News, “A red truck with screaming brakes, sliding sideways, hit him and ripped his leg off above the knee. It was 10 feet away at the scene."
Hilborn is at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital preparing to undergo surgery.
The woman Hilborn was helping, Nellya M. Vinarova, of Virginia Beach was also struck by the truck and is in fair condition.
“He honestly was just trying to help when someone needed it. That is just the kind of man that he is,” said Etter.
Spokeswoman Sgt. Michele Anaya said the man crossed the travel lanes to the median and the two tried to signal traffic to slow down, causing sudden stops in the eastbound lanes. A Chevy truck lost control and struck the man and woman in the median.
"This is the reason why you call State Police. Interstates, highways, you’ve got lots of volume of traffic, high rate of speeds and something like this could have been avoidable," said Anaya.
The accident is still under investigation.