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Wife, kids witness good Samaritan's death in Ruskin

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Chad Ries' wife and two children witnessed his death as he was hit and kill along US 41. Ries family photo Chad Ries' wife and two children witnessed his death as he was hit and kill along US 41. Ries family photo
Chad Ries spent the hours before his death with his father and other family who were visiting from Ohio. Ries family photo Chad Ries spent the hours before his death with his father and other family who were visiting from Ohio. Ries family photo
Chad Ries and his two-year old son. Chad Ries and his two-year old son.
memorial put together by neighbors has formed behind Chad Ries' truck in front of his Ruskin home. Ries family photo memorial put together by neighbors has formed behind Chad Ries' truck in front of his Ruskin home. Ries family photo
RUSKIN, FL (WFLA) -

Chad Ries’ spent Saturday night at his little sister’s cheerleading competition with his wife and kids. Hours later, he was gone.

“They called us in the middle of Disney and he was gone,” said Mark Ries about his son Chad.

Chad is being called a Good Samaritan after he stopped his car along US Highway 41 to help two other driver involved in an accident. Florida Highway Patrol tells us when Chad got out of his van, he was hit by a second car passing by. Chad died on the scene. His wife Christen and their two young children witnessed the accident.

“We had just had dinner, we were laughing, having a good time, a real good time,” said Mark Ries as he cried Monday.

The second driver stayed on scene. No charges have been filed at this time. According to Sgt. Steve Gaskins with FHP, the investigation is pending and its outcome and any charges as a result are pending the findings of the investigation.

Chad was a veteran who worked at World Wide Technology. His mother Teresa Whittmer said he was always a good Samaritan.

“Even in the military when we went to go see the graduation the guys came up to me and said ‘if it wasn't for your son, we would've never made it through the army in boot camp’,” said Whittmer.

Whittmer said her son’s two young children, two and three years old, are still talking about what they saw.

“Even his son went and reenacted the whole thing. Chad was what superman… took the car and hit superman and superman flew. His daughter, she reenacted the whole thing,” said Whittmer.

You can donate to Chad Ries’ family at SunTrust Bank at 502 US Highway 41 North, Ruskin, FL.

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