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Marine Struck, Killed By Vehicle While Helping A Drunk Driver After Car Crash

December 20, 2016

A Marine stationed in Twentynine Palms was struck and killed after stopping to help an alleged drunk driver following a rollover crash in California.

The Marine was identified as 29-year-old Enrico Rojo. He was on his way to Los Angeles International Airport with his fiancée when they showed up at the crash around 1:30 AM. According to the Redlands Fire Department, the woman’s Toyota Matrix hit a semi-truck and then flipped onto its roof and came to rest in traffic.

Rojo got out of the vehicle to help the driver of the Toyota Matrix, 22 year-old Crystal Adrianna Martinez. Shortly after, a 2017 Hyundai Sonata approached the crash scene and attempted to veer away from the Toyota Matrix, but instead hit Rojo.

The driver of the Hyundai Sonata, Alexander Petricevic, stopped and then called 911.

Firefighters responded to the scene and found Rojo in the hands of his fiancée. He was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Rojo’s parents told CBS Los Angeles that Rojo served one tour in Afghanistan and during that time, survived an IED explosion. Rojo and his fiancée were heading to the airport to visit his parents in Texas.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.