Baton Rouge police: Good Samaritan helping at scene of crash struck, killed by another driver early Saturday _lowres

Gregory Hamilton

A good Samaritan who stopped to help at the scene of a crash on Jefferson Highway was struck and killed by a drunk driver early Saturday, Baton Rouge police said.

William Warren, 36, of Baton Rouge, had stopped to “render aid and direct traffic” to people involved in a crash that happened in the 8000 block of Jefferson Highway around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman. Debris from the wreck was “scattered across the north and south lanes of travel,” according to the police department’s report on the incident.

Soon after, Gregory Hamilton was driving east on Jefferson Highway and lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier as he tried to avoid debris in the road, the report says. Hamilton, 41, ran off the right side of the road, striking Warren.

Warren died at the scene, Coppola said.

Hamilton has a prior DWI offense from 2009, and his driver’s license has been suspended since 2007, the police report says.

Hamilton, 15580 George O’Neal Lane, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of vehicular homicide, second-offense DWI, reckless operation, suspended driver’s license and no insurance, Coppola said.