Sacto 9-1-1
April 19, 2013
UPDATE: Good Samaritan in I-80 crash described as family man, skilled artisan

A good Samaritan who lost his life as he tried to aid a crash victim on Interstate 80 was described by his boss as a "good family guy" and a man with a great spirit.

Jeff Hohle, owner of Castlewood Cabinets in Dixon, said Spencer West Myers, 36, of Vacaville was on his way to work Thursday morning when he stopped to aid a motorist whose car had overturned on eastbound I-80. Hohle said such actions were typical of Myers.

"He was an all-round good guy," Hohle said. "He was just that one notch above."

Hohle said Myers was married and the father of two young children. He had worked for Castlewood Cabinets for eight years. Hohle said the firm has five employees.

"He was a true artisan and craftsman. He loved woodworking," Hohle said, noting that in addition to cabinets, Myers made musical instruments, including guitars and drums.

Myers was identified today by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

The crash occurred about 5 a.m. Thursday on eastbound I-80 just west of Dixon Avenue when a Fairfield woman lost control of her car. The Toyota Camry flipped and the woman was held upside down by the car's seatbelt in the driver's seat on the darkened freeway.

Myers, seeking to help the woman, pulled his car to the center divider just past the flipped car, according to the California Highway Patrol. When he went to the overturned car to get the woman out, another car came along and struck the flipped Camry, killing Myers.

The eastbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for a time for a helicopter ambulance to take Myers to UC Davis Medical Center.

The driver in the overturned Camry suffered serious injuries. The CHP is investigating exactly why she lost control of her car.

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