Gerard Bowles attempted to save Gerald S. Thomas from being struck by a vehicle, Jackson, Mississippi, January 16, 2000. At night, Thomas lay on a lane of an interstate highway after an accident in which he was ejected from his vehicle. At least two other vehicles then struck him. Another motorist, Bowles, 67, was approaching the scene when he saw Thomas on the highway. Bowles parked his car behind Thomas in an attempt to shield him from other oncoming vehicles, then he exited his car intending to divert traffic. When he went to the trunk of his vehicle to obtain a flashlight, he was struck by a car that had approached in that lane. Bowles was thrown into the median. Sustaining multiple fractures and other injuries, Bowles required extensive hospitalization, during which he underwent amputation of both lower legs. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.
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