Good Samaritan hit by truck identified

Trent Hepler and this wife.
Trent Hepler and this wife.

Released by: Longview Police Department

LONGVIEW, TX - The good Samaritan killed while trying to assist a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has been identified as 32-year-old, Trent Ruchti Hepler of Longview.

Hepler stopped his vehicle in the 4000 block of Estes Pkwy after he witnessed a DPS trooper lose control of his vehicle and leave the roadway.

Hepler had gotten out of his vehicle and was checking on the conditions of the trooper when the driver of a large truck pulling a trailer lost control, striking and killing Hepler.