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Woman helping crash victims on San Diego freeway hit by vehicle, killed

Posted: 6:14 AM, Nov 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-02 21:12:11Z
Woman helping crash victims hit, killed by SUV
Woman helping crash victims hit, killed by SUV
Woman helping crash victims hit, killed by SUV
Woman helping crash victims hit, killed by SUV

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A young woman who stopped to check on other drivers involved in a multi-vehicle collision on state Route 94 Thursday morning was struck by an SUV and killed.

Family and friends held a vigil for Bertha Estrada Thursday evening near the E-94 onramp on F Street.

Friends remembered her as someone with a huge heart. They were shocked to hear about her sudden death.  A friend said her social media accounts show she was out with friends for Halloween Wednesday night. They were headed home when they came across a car crash on the highway.

The incident happened at about 1:45 a.m. on eastbound SR-94 near 30th Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said the wreck involved a Honda Civic and Mercedes-Benz sedan, prompting a couple to stop and help the crash victims.

After checking on the occupants of the Civic, CHP officials said Estrada ran across the freeway to check on a couple in the Mercedes when she was hit by a Jeep SUV.

CHP officials said the impact sent Estrada onto the westbound lanes, where she was hit by another vehicle.

Estrada was declared dead at the scene. She leaves behind a one-year-old son, relatives said.

10News learned the Jeep's driver and two people in the Mercedes were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Eastbound SR-94 lanes were reopened at around 5 a.m. after being closed for at least three hours.

The incident remains under investigation.

Estrada's family established a GoFundMe account in her honor.