Decorated Combat Veteran Killed Helping Stranded Motorist

Decorated Combat Veteran Killed Helping Stranded Motorist

February 22, 2016

Decorated Combat Veteran Killed Helping Stranded Motorist

Tragic news as a combat veteran was killed after stopping to help a stranded motorist. Aaron J. Eidem, a decorated combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, was struck and killed on the side of the road last Thursday on Interstate 44 just west of Springfield, Mo.

Eidem, who was 37 and leaves behind a wife and three children, had pulled over to help a motorist move a disabled vehicle from the inside shoulder of the highway to the right shoulder, which was deemed a safer spot to change a tire.

While helping the stranded motorist, he was struck by his own Toyota Avalon, after the parked car was hit by a tractor-trailer.

“He was a good Samaritan,” Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said. “He stopped and was helping a vehicle with a flat tire.”

After hitting Eidem’s car, the tractor-trailer hit another vehicle, which then collided with a second tractor-trailer. No other injuries were reported, however.

It was unclear Sunday evening whether anyone had been charged in the incident.

“He served his country for almost 20 years as a military police officer and instructor,” Dean of the College of Health and Human Services Victor Matthews wrote in a statement. “He deployed to combat three times, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.”

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