A good Samaritan stopped to help a motorist. Then came a hit-and run crash, cops say

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James Patterson stopped to help another driver who was stopped on the side of the road.

His good deed would end in tragedy.

Patterson, 32, was seriously hurt when another driver took a wide turn and hit him as he stood under the disabled car’s hood, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Even worse, the driver who hit him took off, according to BSO.

On Monday, the department asked for the community’s help in identifying the driver behind the wheel of what is believed to be a 2013-2016 Lexus GS 350.

The accident happened just after midnight Wednesday at the intersection of North Dixie Highway and East Cypress Creek Road.

According to BSO, Patterson was in the eastbound lanes of East Cypress Creek Road at North Dixie Highway when someone driving south on North Dixie Highway struck him.

Patterson was taken to a nearby hospital with severe injuries.

BSO says the vehicle involved likely has heavy front-end damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call BSO Traffic Homicide Detective Sean Strzalkowski at 954-321-4845 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).