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St. Louis man, 40, killed by vehicle in Potosi while helping others

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POTOSI (KMOV.com) -

A pedestrian was struck and killed in Washington County Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened on Highway 185 south of Strange Dr. in Potosi, Missouri around 3:30 p.m.

Paul Van Doren, 40, of St. Louis, was killed.

A cousin of Van Doren said he was in the roadway because he stopped due to the prior accident ahead and was attempting to help direct traffic.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 2004 Jeep Cherokee was stopped on the highway due to a previous accident ahead. The driver of a 2009 Chevrolet 1500 was driving too fast as he approached the Jeep and swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid hitting the Jeep. However, the vehicles did hit, and then the Chevy continued on, crossing the center of the roadway and struck Van Doren.

Van Doren was rushed via ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was pronounced dead at the hospital just before 7:30, about four hours after the accident.

A family friend said Van Doren was warning other drivers to stop rather than add to the accident ahead.

"He was saving lives, but lost his own," Darren Beck said in an email. "He deserves to be known as a hero, not just the victim or someone in the wrong place."

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