A man killed in Sacramento on Sunday night when his vehicle was rear-ended on Highway 50 had just stopped to aid his stranded wife.
The California Highway Patrol said the driver who struck his vehicle was intoxicated.
The Sacramento County Coroner said the man killed was David Condell, 51, of Rancho Cordova.
Condell was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m. Sunday after the crash on eastbound Highway 50 near Howe Avenue that involved four vehicles.
Tien Condell, 31, was stopped on the right hand shoulder of the highway east of Howe Avenue because her vehicle ran out gas. David Condell had stopped behind Tien Condell to put gas in her car.
Both drivers were in their respective vehicles and preparing to leave when Joseph Anthony Short, 34, of Sacramento allowed his vehicle at high rate of speed to drift onto the shoulder and crash into David Condell’s stopped vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The impact pushed David Condell’s Honda Accord into Tien Condell’s Mini Cooper. After the initial collision, Short’s vehicle continued across the highway where it struck a vehicle traveling eastbound in the far left lane.
That driver, a 51-year-old man from Sacramento, was not injured. Tien Condell suffered moderate injuries, according to a CHP press release.
In a phone interview with The Sacramento Bee, Tien Condell said she had failed to pay attention to the gas needle and ran out of fuel in the middle of road. Strangers helped push her Mini Cooper to the side, and she phoned her husband for help.
After the car was refueled, “the next thing I know, we both got hit,” Tien Condell said.
“I’m still dealing with the fact that he’s no longer with me,” she said.
Short was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury or death.
This story first appeared on sacbee.com.