Trucker and Army Veteran Tragically Dies While Rendering Aid to Crashed Motorist
Hopewell Township, PA — The owner and operator of a trucking company in Pennsylvania tragically died this week as he was attempting to render aid to a crash victim.
The incident occurred around 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, December 5, on Interstate 376, according to Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).
Timothy (“Timmy”) Baclit, 42, of Beaver, PA, was traveling on I-376 when he and another Good Samaritan stopped to help a motorist who collided with a guardrail near the Bryson Road Overpass.
Baclit’s father, Scott Baclit, told local news outlet WPXI his son was attempting to free the male driver from the crashed vehicle when he stood on the concrete wall in the westbound lanes.
Baclit slipped while standing on the wall and fell approximately 27 feet from the overpass.
He landed near a hillside and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Tim and another witness stopped to assist the guy,” Scott said of his son. “Tim went around the back side of the vehicle to help extract the individual, from what we understand. Stood up on the concrete wall and slipped and fell off the bridge.”
According to his obituary, Baclit was an Army veteran who had severed overseas in Iraq and as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan.
Upon returning home to the States, he began working as a truck driver.
He owned Beaver, PA-based TKC Trucking LLC at the time of his death, where he was still a driver.
Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows TKC has two trucks and two drivers.
Baclit leaves behind three teenage children: Gabby (19), Kaden (17) and Chandon (14).
“The thing that is bringing most comfort to his children is that he died a hero,” Mary Ellen Baclit, Baclit’s stepmom, told WPXI.
A GoFundMe to benefit Baclit’s kids has raised over $43,000 of a stated $75,000 goal, as of publishing.