Good Samaritan Killed, 3 Injured in Crash on Dallas North Tollway in Frisco

The good Samaritan killed Monday night crossing the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco has been identified as 46-year-old Julia Zaman.

Investigators said a black Kia SUV was traveling north, struck a concrete barrier, crossed the tollway, hit the center median and stopped in the left lane.

Zaman, driving a black Land Rover, saw the Kia and stopped on the right shoulder to assist. At some point after getting out of her vehicle, Zaman was struck by a Chevrolet Camaro, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Lonny Haschel.

Authorities said Zaman died at the scene. She leaves behind a husband of 22 years and a 15-year-old daughter.

Zaman's husband Nadeem says his wife was kind-hearted and always willing to help anyone in need.

"I don't think she could have gone any other way. I think that's how she would have wanted to go," Nadeem Zaman said.

Nadeem Zaman is the out-going president of the Pakistan Society of North Texas. In photos, Julia Zaman is seen by his side at events, often wearing traditional Muslim attire, despite being mormon.

"What you see in some pictures, that’s how she was. She would walk in a room and have a big smile for no reason," Nadeem Zaman said.

Since the accident, investigators have returned Julia Zaman's shattered cell phone to her family, the same phone her husband says she was holding when she was struck.

The driver of the Camaro was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with injuries that police said were not life threatening.

The driver of the Kia was taken to a hospital by a private vehicle, according to authorities. A passenger in the Kia was transported to Medical Center of Plano with unknown injuries.

All lanes northbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway were shut down during an investigation into the crash.

Police said another crash occurred between a white sedan and a black SUV due to rubbernecking on the service road. The white car caught fire afterward and the driver was transported to a hospital in unknown condition.

The North Texas Transit Authority's website indicated the initial crash had been cleared by 3 a.m.

The investigation into the initial series of crashes remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Zaman family cover funeral expenses.

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