Robert M. Alverson
Traffic on Highway 99 at Mack Road, 5/13/10.
SLIDESHOW: Highway 99 collision
SACRAMENTO, CA - California Highway Patrol officers said a man trying to help at a crash was hit and killed on the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Sacramento Thursday morning.
The accident shutdown the freeway for nearly three hours.
The man, later identified as Robert M. Alverson, 49, of Sacramento, stopped to help out at a crash on the freeway near Mack Road before 5:30 a.m. when he was hit by a car, according to CHP Officer Michael Bradley.
Bradley said the impact threw the man onto the southbound side of the highway where he was struck by another car.
CHP officers said the drivers of both cars pulled over after hitting Alverson.
The driver of the first car, identified as Everett Handy, 31, of Rancho Cordova, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and hospitalized. Bradley said once a full review of the case is complete, the District Attorney's office could file formal charges against Handy.
According to Bradley, the driver of the second car could not avoid hitting Alverson.
Officers found a car registered to Alverson along the side of the freeway.
Family and friends gathered at Alverson's home throughout the day to offer condolences to Alverson's wife Lynda and his mother Jan Traversie. The two said such an unselfish action was typical of him.
"He was the type of guy who would stop to give a homeless person the jacket off his back," said Lynda Alverson, "At Christmas time he gave the kids in the neighborhood bicycles."
"He was a nice young man," said his mother, "a very nice man."