During an attempt to protect others on the highway, OOIDA
member James Causey was killed.
According to New York State Police spokesman Sgt. Tom
Ferritto, a tractor-trailer lost its rear passenger-side tandems on Interstate
90 near the Village of Canajoharie, NY, around noon, July 19. One of the wheels
rolled to the median and the other came to rest in the left-hand lane of the
A car following the tractor-trailer struck the wheel lying
in the roadway and skidded onto the right shoulder. After Causey, 65, of Port
Byron, NY, came up on the wreck he pulled his tractor-trailer halfway off the
road – half on the right shoulder, half on the roadway – and went to check on
the driver of the car.
After discovering the driver was not seriously injured he
began walking alongside his trailer, in what was an apparent attempt to get to
the wheel and remove it from the roadway.
Ferritto said a small Nissan-style pickup truck hit the
wheel in the left lane and skidded into Causey, who was walking alongside his
trailer. Causey was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s just a real shame,” Ferritto said. “He was just trying
to be a good Samaritan.”
Causey leaves his wife, Patricia; three daughters; and a
--by Jami Jones, feature editor
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