Scott Lofgren, a Berkeley off-duty emergency medical technician, was killed early Sunday morning in Albany after stopping to assist a driver involved in a solo-spinout on Interstate Highway 80, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Lofgren, 43, had stopped to help Cassady Toles, 29, of San Pablo, who lost control of his 1999 BMW M3 while traveling eastbound on the highway near the Gilman Street exit at 2:50 a.m., the CHP reported.
The BMW skidded off the highway and collided with a concrete bridge railing on the right-hand shoulder of the freeway. The CHP reported that Lofgren, after checking on the health of Toles, was setting up flares around the crash site when he was struck by another vehicle.
The driver of that vehicle, 28-year-old Union City resident Danny Jackson Jr., reportedly attempted to slow his car down, but the wet weather caused his 1994 Infiniti Q45 to hydroplane and subsequently hit Lofgren, the CHP reported.
Jackson’s car careened off the highway, also hitting the BMW and Lofgren’s Ford truck, the CHP reported.
Lofgren was pronounced dead at around 3:40 a.m. as a result of his injuries, the CHP reported.
Toles reportedly suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP.
Though it was determined that Jackson had been drinking alcohol, the CHP reported that he was not under the influence at the time of the crash.