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Samaritan’s Good Deed Ends in Fatal Accident

The front of the Chevy Blazer driven by Pedro Lugo, as it sat on a flatbed tow truck for removal from the scene.
The front of the Chevy Blazer driven by Pedro Lugo, as it sat on a flatbed tow truck for removal from the scene.

A Fulton man who stopped to help another person along busy Route 3 was killed in the midst of completing his good deed.

Lugo was thrown through the rear of the vehicle by the force of the impact, police said. Click photo to enlarge.
Lugo was thrown through the rear of the vehicle by the force of the impact, police said. Click photo to enlarge.

State Police report that Pedro A. Lugo, 69, of 107 W. 4th St., Fulton spotted a car on the side of the road near the Rathburn Rd. intersection at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He pulled over to help the woman fix a flat tire, said State Police spokesman Tpr. Jack Keller.  He then got back in his car and began to execute a U-turn in order to give her car a jump start.

His SUV was hit broadside by a tractor-trailer driven by Gary M. Hall, 58, of 323 County Route 3,  Fulton.  Hall told police that he saw the two vehicles on the side of the road, but he never expected that Lugo would pull out into traffic.

A view of the accident scene from behind the police barricade at the Rathburn Rd. intersection. The tractor trailer involved in the accident is on the far left of the photo. Click to enlarge.
A view of the accident scene from behind the police barricade at the Rathburn Rd. intersection. The tractor trailer involved in the accident is on the far left of the photo. Click to enlarge.

The SUV was driven several hundred yards by the force of the collision.

Lugo was not wearing a seat belt.  He was thrown through the back window of his Chevy Blazer and suffered massive injuries.  Lugo was pronounced dead at Oswego Hospital.

Hall was not injured. The other driver was not identified.

Route 3 was closed between Rathburn Rd. and County Route 7 until about 8:30 p.m. while police technicians documented the accident and removed the vehicles.

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UPDATE 2, 6:20 PM: Police say a man driving an SUV was killed as he was trying to make a u-turn back onto the road after stopping to help another driver with a problem. The man’s name had not been released yet.

UPDATE:  4:20 PM:  State Police confirm that the accident is a fatal accident.  A man, driving an SUV that was hit by a tractor-trailer, is dead.

FIRST VERSION: A tractor-trailer apparently hit a person along Route 3 in the town of Granby today.

Officials say two ambulances have been called to the scene and at least one is headed to Oswego Hospital.  However, there’s an indication that at least one person suffered very serious injuries.

The accident happened sometime around 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of Route 3 and Rathburn Rd.

Police and fire crews have shut down Route 3 at County Route 8 on the eastern end, and at County Route 7 on the western end.

More details as we get them.

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