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Good  Samaritan killed on I-57

Updated: January 1, 2013 6:24AM

An 80-year-old northwest suburban man died late Wednesday after being struck by a car on I-57 downstate when he tried to help another man hit by a vehicle.

Jack S. Douglas, of Bartlett, died when he stopped to assist Jimmy Lee Westbrook, 58, who was lying in the roadway in traffic, officials said.

Douglas helped Westbrook’s female passenger drag Westbrook, of Brownsville, Tenn., to the shoulder out of traffic, State Police said.

Douglas spoke with the woman and said he would call for help but when he ran back across traffic to his vehicle, he was struck by a 2003 Toyota Camry driven by a 59-year-old from Champaign.

Douglas, who State Police referred to as a Good Samaritan, was taken by ambulance to Carle Hospital in Champaign, where he was pronounced dead at 11:01 p.m.

Westbrook died at the scene.

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