Good Samaritan Hit, Killed by Driver Who Then Steals His Car

Dhimitri Andoni had stopped to help after another driver spun out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2018 1:17 PM CDT
Dana Thomas Byrd   (Florida Highway Patrol)

(Newser) – When Dhimitri Andoni saw a vehicle swerve and then get stuck on the I-275 median Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., he pulled over to the shoulder to help. But the 22-year-old good Samaritan ended up dead after his good deed, his car stolen by the same person who allegedly mowed him down. The details:

  • The suspect: After the stranded vehicle returned to the road and safely drove away, Andoni started walking back to his 2015 Hyundai. Before he got there, police say Dana Thomas Byrd, 30, fatally struck Andoni with his pickup truck. It was around 9pm, NBC News reports.
  • The alleged car theft: Byrd, who was driving a 1996 Ford F-150, "stopped after the impact happened," a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson tells the Washington Post. "He figures out that [Andoni is] dead, gets into his car and drives off. It couldn’t be any more of a weird situation than that."

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