An off-duty nurse was killed in a hit-and-run on a Rhode Island freeway early Sunday when she stopped to help a motorist after an accident, according to reports.
Jennifer Toscano, 34, was heading home from a Halloween party when she stopped on Route 95 North in Pawtucket around 2 a.m. to offer assistance after a roll-over accident when she was hit — with the driver speeding off, WJAR-TV reported Monday.
Police later chased down the driver, who was identified as Luiz Baez of Massachusetts, and charged him with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, the outlet reported.
“He didn’t even stop, and she died right on impact,” Ashley Zeolla, a longtime friend of Toscano’s, told the station.
Toscano, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who lived in Stoughton, most recently worked at Bridgewater State Hospital.
She was being a good Samaritan when she pulled over near Exit 30 to help a man trapped inside the overturned vehicle.
“If someone needed help, Jen was always there to help them,” Zeolla said. “She was my best friend. She was always there for everyone. If you needed her, she was there for you.”
Baez, who also had a suspended license, is due in court Monday, WJAR reported.
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