Marine from Humble dies in California while helping crash victim
HOUSTON – A Marine from Humble was killed Monday in California when he stopped to help a woman who had been involved in a crash.
Staff Sgt. Enrico Rojo, 29, was driving with his fiancée to Los Angeles International Airport so the couple could fly to Houston for the holiday.
According to KNBC-TV, Rojo stopped to help after seeing a rollover crash on Interstate 10. While he was at the scene, another vehicle hit Rojo.
"He lived a hero and he died a hero," said Miguel Rojo, Enrico Rojo's father.
Miguel Rojo said his son joined the Marines about six years ago and served a tour in Afghanistan, where his unit's vehicle rolled over a landmine. Enrico Rojo suffered a broken foot.
Miguel Rojo said his son, who was to be married next year, was respectful to his parents and loved his brother and sister.
"We lost, truly, an important person in our life," Miguel Rojo said. "He affected a lot of people."
Miguel Rojo said he plans to bring his son's body back to Houston, so he can be buried in the national cemetery.
The California Highway Patrol said the driver of the vehicle that hit Enrico Rojo tried to avoid him. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Another driver believed to be involved in the original crash was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.