Man dies attempting to rescue two others

Published: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 11:20 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE — A 25-year-old man training to be an emergency medical technician was struck and killed by a car as he rushed across a highway to aid victims in a fatal crash, authorities said.

Lezerick R. Williams and his longtime friend, Neil Hall, both of Jacksonville, were crossing Interstate 295 about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to get to a deadly head-on collision when they were hit by a Chevrolet Malibu, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said.

Williams died at the scene. Hall, also 25, was in critical condition at a local hospital.

"It's how he's been all of his life," Williams' father said of his son's desire to help. Henry Williams said his son was training to be an emergency medical technician.

Two people were killed in the initial head-on collision. Caralisa L. Mack, 35, of Kingsland, Ga., was driving south in a northbound lane of I-295 when she collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Leeper said. Mack and the Jeep's driver, 26-year-old Amanda Higgs of Yulee, were killed. Two passengers in the Jeep were critically injured.

Leeper said it was unclear why Mack was driving the wrong way on the highway.

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