Woman fatally struck while helping motorcyclist

Posted at 10:07 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 05:22:36-05

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a good Samaritan was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while assisting a motorcyclist who had just lost control of his bike.

The incident happened around 3:25 a.m. Sunday near Port Orange.

Sgt. Kim Montes says the 23-year-old motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and onto the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 1. That's when 33-year-old Tina Martin of New Smyrna Beach stopped to help.

Montes says that while Martin was kneeling over the victim, both were struck by a car driven by 52-year-old James Nichols of Daytona Beach. A second car driven by 39-year-old Penelope Ferguson of Port Orange stuck the motorcyclist.

Both were declared dead at the scene.

The motorcyclist's name hasn't been released, pending notification of family.

An investigation continues.