Woman trying to help accident victims hit and killed

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 23 at 6:41 PM

GIG HARBOR, Wash. - A woman who had pulled over to help after she saw an accident on Highway 16 Monday morning was killed when another car spun out of control, hitting her and a state trooper.

The trooper was not seriously injured.

The 44-year-old woman serving in the Navy was stationed on the USS Nimitz. Troopers believe she just wanted to help people who had been in the multi-car accident when she pulled over and was hit after stepping out of her car.

The State Patrol says the accident is a warning for other drivers.

“If someone gets out to help they can be a visual distraction to other drivers,” said Trooper Julie Startup. “It can be just enough of a distraction to cause someone to hit their brakes and they can lose control too.”

In another accident in Everett Police say a pedestrian hit walking on SR 526 may have been the driver of a disabled car  who was walking to find help.

 troopers say the safest spot is in your car,  and if you need help wave a hand out your window

"Stay inside your car, stay buckled up make sure your lights on and if you don't have a way to get hold of us start waving, we'll get there shortly,” said Startup.

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