PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Two people are dead and two others are seriously injured following two separate crashes along Interstate 17 in Phoenix.
One of the two who were killed was a woman who stopped to help out an injured motorcyclist, who was also killed in the second crash.
The woman who was killed had been identified as Beverly Click, 52. The two people injured, ages 40 and 52, were also Good Samaritans.
"She was a great person," said Click's son, George Click. "She was loving. More than anything, she always would help someone out if they needed it, and that;s what she was doing."
Officials with the Phoenix Fire Department said the incident happened along southbound I-17, north of Union Hills. The crash reportedly happened in a spot where three cars pulled over to help the motorcyclist.
The location was not ideal, with two lanes merging and a narrow shoulder, and one of the three cars reportedly stopped on the roadway. The crash caused the I-17's southbound lanes to close for some time Monday, but it has since been reopened.
DPS officials said something this doesn't happen very often.
"We do have a lot of people that stop and help at collision scenes," said Kameron Lee with DPS. "This is going to be one of our more rare examples today. So we're going to say probably more than not, people do it safely."
Meanwhile, Beverly's loved ones are trying to understand why their angel is gone too soon.
"She didn't deserve this," said George. "She fought so hard. She went through so much in her life. For her to be going out like this doesn't feel right."
Beverly's other son, Billy, said the family is not sure how they'll give Beverly a proper funeral.
""We had no idea what to do, or who to talk to," said Billy. "We called the Coroner's Office, and they told us that we can't see her there, and that we had to get ahold of the funeral home just to see her."
Officials said if you do stop to render assistance, make sure someone is watching everyone else. As for whether Monday's incident could mean a future effort by police to deter Good Samaritans, officials said the answer is no.
"We're not going to tell people to not stop and help. We're not going to tell them they need to either. We're going to let people use their best judgment," said Lee.
All Clear: I-17 southbound south of Loop 101 and L-101 ramps to I-17 are all clear now after a early morning crash. #phxtraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 1, 2017
DPS: Car hits 3 ppl trying to help motorcyclist who crashed on SB 17/Union Hills this a.m., killing motorcyclist & a woman. 2 in hospital. pic.twitter.com/o6ICGmzBOZ— Liz Kotalik FOX 10 (@LizKotalikFOX10) May 1, 2017
I17/Union Hills: 2 separate crashes, 1 NB, this 1 SB (4 vehicles on top of each other. 2 ppl have died) SB shut down at 101.NB HOV lane open pic.twitter.com/z0zYWLMrT1— Liz Kotalik FOX 10 (@LizKotalikFOX10) May 1, 2017
Update: I-17 NB south of L-101: HOV lane is only clear lane. Others blocked for a crash. #phxtraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 1, 2017
CLOSURE: I-17 SB at L-101. L-101 EB/WB ramps to I-17 closed. I-17 SB diverted onto L-101. #phxtraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 1, 2017
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