A Connecticut Good Samaritan was killed after she fell off a bridge while trying to help crash victims of a hit-and-run. Lauren Mohr, 34, jumped over the side of a concrete wall to move out of the way of an oncoming car while helping the victims. However, there was a 40 foot drop on the other side. Mohr died from injuries sustained during the fall.
According to NBC Connecticut, Lauren was on her way home from her shift at the restaurant she worked at in New Haven when she witnessed a hit-and-run. Mohr, who was “a caring and wise person,” according to her family, immediately pulled over to help the victims. She called 911 and was waiting with the victims for help to arrive when the incident occurred. Reports indicate that Mohr either jumped to get out of the way because she thought a car was coming, or she slipped on the snow and ice present on the roads. As a result of jump or slip, she fell over a concrete wall and subsequently off the entire bridge. The Good Samaritan would fall 40 feet to the ground below while suffering grave injuries. Mohr was later pronounced dead at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
In addition to her job at the restaurant, Lauren also worked as a temporary aide in the undergraduate admissions office at Quinnipiac. Prior to working at the university and restaurant, Lauren served in the Air Force for four years and trained as a medical technician. However, her dream was to become a social worker. In fact, she was well on her way to changing careers. Mohr had received her associate’s degree in social work from Middlesex Community College and had planned to continue her studies in social work at Southern Connecticut State University in the fall. With training as a medical technician and future desires to work in the social work segment, it comes as no surprise to many that knew Lauren that she would so willingly stop to help someone in need.
Those who knew Lauren says she was a “kind soul.” WFSB reports that Bart Maldonado, a friend of Lauren, says that is “just the way she was.”
“She was just a kind soul and that’s just the way she lived her life. That’s just the way she was.”
The Daily Mail notes that none of the people involved in the car crash were injured. However, the hit-and-run driver has been identified as Elvin Ayala, 33. Though the driver fled the scene, which led to Mohr pulling over to help the remaining victims, he will not be charged in connection with her death. Ayala was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license and following too closely.