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The Good Samaritan

She stopped to help. Everything changed.

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She stopped to help. Everything changed.

During the early evening of April 19, a 32-year-old Tucson mother of three stopped to help two stranded motorists at a south-side intersection.

What happened next continues to haunt those who were there that night.


The Ford Explorer in front of her had stalled, so Norma Santos Trujillo made a fateful decision to get out and help.

Dr. Terence O'Keeffe had minutes to decide which one of Norma Santos Trujillo's severe injuries was most likely to kill her first.

One witness says the car that hit Norma Santos Trujillo was speeding, but that's not what a police investigation finds.