Though Travis Lydell Summers had the best intentions when he stopped and got out of his vehicle on I-40 near Business 85 early Monday morning, he lost his life due to the recklessness of an unknown driver. According to Summers’ sister in a Greensboro News & Record article, Summers assumed a car parked on the side of the road belonged to his friend. He rushed to help, and was killed by a hit-and-run assailant.
The accident occurred around 2:40 a.m. Is it possible that the driver of the vehicle that killed Summers was under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Perhaps the driver was exhausted from a long day or strenuous hours on the road. Or was the accident simply the unfortunate result of someone not paying attention behind the wheel?
Whatever the situation, the outcome was tragic, and a man lost his life for trying to help someone he thought was in need. Stopping on the highway poses a great risk, especially during heavy traffic or at night. Pedestrians on the highway jeopardize their safety, not necessarily because they are at fault, but because negligent drivers don’t pay enough attention or operate a vehicle with care.