Morrisville, N.C. — Jacob McCoy felt he needed to help out when he came upon a a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 early Sunday. But he never expected he would become a crime victim.

“I was just doing the right thing, so I thought, and it turned out bad for me,” McCoy said Monday.

The crash occurred at about 2 a.m. on westbound Interstate 40 near the Airport Boulevard exit. Juan Martinez was pinned behind the steering wheel of his Honda Accord, which had been hit from behind by a Mercedes SUV, authorities said.

“He was bleeding pretty bad. His legs were crushed pretty bad. I was just helping him out until the ambulance got there,” McCoy said.

Then he noticed his Chrysler 200 was missing.

“I was confused. I was alarmed for sure,” he said. “I started running towards my car, and then I asked the driver of the Mercedes where his passenger was, and it was at that moment I knew she had taken the car.”

McCoy said he was too busy trying to comfort Martinez to see the theft, noting the key fob in his pocket was close enough to his car so the woman could start the engine with the push of a button.

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