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Good Samaritan who helped woman push disabled car loses both legs after drunk driver slammed into him

By Emily Lewis 7:50 AM November 17, 2017
Arlette Lovato (L), Mark Poss (C), and Jacob Olsen

A good Samaritan who stopped to help a stranger on a highway lost both his legs after a drunk driver slammed his vehicle into him, according to police in California.

Sacramento police said that they have arrested 24-year-old Jacob Olsen after being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Olsen has been charged with driving under the influence.

He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and was released on bail.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded early on Sunday morning.

While driving home from work, 29-year-old Mark Poss pulled his car over on the 15th Street exit of Highway 50 to assist a woman whose vehicle ran out of gas.

Arlette Lovato and Mario Sanchez said that their car ran out of gas and just wanted to get down the road and purchase fuel from the gas station.

Poss helped Sanchez push the car when Olsen slammed his car into them from behind.

Poss’ legs were immediately severed.

Olsen remained at the scene and seemed to be extremely intoxicated.

Mark was rushed to UCD Medical Center in Sacramento, where doctors saved his life with emergency surgery.

Doctors credited the tourniquet that the California Highway Patrol applied at the scene of saving Poss’ life.

Poss will stay in the ICU for the next week, followed by 2 to 3 weeks of hospital stay and months at an in-patient rehabilitation facility.

Poss and his wife Sarah have a young son.