18 January, 2016
Tragic Coincidence Marrs Good Samaritan's Helpful Deed
Florida: A young man, bloodied and bruised, ran up to 72 year old Alfred Gilbert and asked for help. He told him that he been attacked, so Gilbert offered assistance.
It was 9:30 a.m and the young man requested a ride home. Gilbert was happy to oblige. But there is a black side to this story.
About three minutes prior to the meeting, unknown to Gilbert, his wife, Betty Jean, 69, had been killed in a car crash. He did not hear about this until he returned from dropping off the man.
The young man was later identified as Richard Eric Watson, 19, and he was subsequently charged with driving the car that killed Gilbert's wife. His full charge was vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
According to police Watson's car ran a stop sign and hit Betty Gilbert's car. She was killed instantly.
Police Lt. Twiss is quoted as saying, "An incredible coincidence. It's like Ripley's Believe It Or Not. This guy was being a nice guy and gave him a ride not knowing that he killed his wife three minutes earlier."
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