Man assisting driver with broken car killed in four-vehicle crash in Batavia
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A Montgomery man died in a crash early Friday while aiding the driver of a broken-down vehicle in west suburban Batavia.
Nicholas Ortiz, 48, was fatally struck in a four-car crash that hurt two others about 4:50 a.m. in the 500 block of North Randall Road, according to a statement from Batavia police.
Ortiz was standing with someone else next to a disabled vehicle in the northbound lane when a truck barreled into them, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The other person helping with the vehicle and a third person were taken to a hospital, police said. One was seriously injured and one required an evaluation.
A preliminary autopsy Friday found Ortiz died of multiple injuries from being hit by the truck, the Kane County coroner’s office said.
A total four vehicles were part of the crash, police said. No one else from the scene was brought to a hospital.
Batavia police and the fire department were investigating the crash.