- A Californian father was killed while assisting a family of ducks cross a busy road in Rocklin, a city near Sacramento.
- The Good Samaritan, whose identity is still unknown, received applause from onlookers for his compassionate act before being struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl.
- The fatal accident is currently under investigation with the teenage driver cooperating with authorities; no charges have been filed and DUI is not suspected.
In an act of heartrending benevolence that ended in tragedy, a father from California sacrificed his own safety to assist a family of ducks navigate through a bustling traffic intersection in Rocklin, near Sacramento.
The incident took place on Thursday evening, serving as a somber reminder of the price of kindness in an unanticipated circumstance.
Eyewitnesses, including 12-year-old William Wimsatt, recounted the poignant episode, detailing how the man exited his vehicle to help the ducks.
The spectacle elicited applause from bystanders, a moment of communal warmth and respect for the man’s considerate gesture.
In a poignant twist, the young boy captured images of the man and the ducks on his cellphone. The photographs serve as a haunting memory of a simple act of compassion that was soon to turn into a catastrophe.
After the ducks safely crossed the road, the man was tragically hit by a car, to the shock and horror of the applauding onlookers.
William’s mother, along with others at the scene, stepped forward to console the man’s children who had witnessed the entire incident from their car.
Following the accident, a makeshift memorial adorned with rubber duckies and flowers sprung up at the site of the incident, honouring the man’s life and his final act of kindness.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fatality. The driver, a teenage girl, is actively cooperating and, at present, no charges have been leveled against her. The case currently holds no suspicion of DUI.