Good Samaritan struck on I-93 in Hooksett taken to Elliot Hospital in ManchesterBy BENJAMIN C. KLEIN
Union Leader Correspondent
January 07. 2014 7:31PM
HOOKSETT — A Good Samaritan was taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester after being struck by a minivan on Interstate 93 while getting out of his car to help a motorist who had slid off the road due to icy conditions.
According to Hooksett Fire Department officials, the injured man, whom they declined to name because state police are investigating, was conscious and suffering from non-life-threatening injuries when he was taken to the hospital.
“I would definitely say that this guy was lucky. He was very fortunate, and while it’s always bad to be hit by a car, this could have been much worse,” said Lt. Jeremy Doyle of the Hooksett Fire Department.
Doyle said the accident apparently happened when the Good Samaritan attempted to get out of the car in which he was a passenger to render assistance. The accident occurred near Exit 11 on I93’s southbound lanes.
“As he went to get out of the car, which was toward traffic, a minivan was coming and because of the ice it appears that (the driver) couldn’t stop in time, so as he got out to help he got hit,” Doyle said.
Doyle added that the operator of the minivan did not appear to be hurt and declined to be taken to a hospital.
Once the temperature dropped and the wet roads froze, Doyle said several cars ended up going off the road in the same vicinity.