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Recently, the local news reported that a man’s car ran out of gas on a busy bridge right before rush hour one morning. He pulled his car to the side of the road, but the narrow shoulder prevented him from moving it completely off the road. Another motorist stopped to help him by blocking traffic.

There are many feel-good accounts of strangers coming to the aid of those in distress, but unfortunately these stories do not always end on a positive note. In this case, the stalled driver asked the considerate motorist if he had a gas can, but another vehicle struck the motorist’s car, knocking the man whose car had run out of gas into the river below. He did not survive.

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