COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A good Samaritan died Tuesday afternoon after trying to help an elderly man involved in a car crash and in less than 24 hours, a local funeral home comes forward to provide a full-scale service for basic costs, with the casket and professional services free.
DeKai Abusani Amonrasi, 48, was driving down Roosevelt Highway when he noticed an SUV veer off the road in front of him. That driver, 73-year-old Herbert Sinkfield, drifted off the road and down an embankment. His overturned SUV landed near the train tracks below.
Amonrasi quickly pulled over and jumped out of his car to help the man, but lost his footing and slid down the hill, landingdirectly in the path of an oncoming train. He couldn't get up fast enough; the train hit him and severed both legs. Amonrasi died four hours later at Grady Hospital.
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Meanwhile Sinkfield suffered several broken ribs, but his family expects him to be released from the hospital this week.
"I'm at a loss for words," said Sinkfield's son Moya. "He was just an angel today. He lost his life being an angel."
"ThatisDeKai. I could believe that," said Alberto Roberts, Amonrasi's cousin.
"We knew that if he left this world, it was going to be doing something for someone."
Moya Sinkfield said his father "blacked out" during the accident and couldn't remember much of what happened. He did not know why he ran off the road.
Amonrasi's family said they needed aid with funeral arrangements. 11Alive's Help Desk contacted the owner of Gus Thornhill Funeral Home in East Point, Gus Thornhill Jr., who said his business would provide the family with a casket and professional services for free, and then only charge basic out-of-pocket expenses to the family.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.
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