Injured Good Samaritan Gets Traffic Ticket for His Efforts

Man who saved others cited for jaywalking
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2009 9:51 AM CST
Injured Good Samaritan Gets Traffic Ticket for His Efforts
Police say Moffett contributed to the accident by jaywalking.   (Shutter stock)

(Newser) – A good Samaritan who pushed three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: a jaywalking ticket. A Denver bus driver was helping two elderly women cross a busy street in a snowstorm when he was hit Friday night, the AP reports. The state police said that despite Jim Moffett's intentions, jaywalking contributed to the accident.

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Moffett, now in stable condition, suffered bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen. When he awoke in intensive care, he learned of the ticket. "His reaction was dazed and confused. I was a little angry," said his stepson. The other man was also cited for jaywalking, and the pickup driver was cited for careless driving. (Read more accident stories.)

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