Life took a turn for the worse when the 41-year-old man halted on the I-376 in Pennsylvania, to help save a young motorist who had hit a guardrail. While assisting the man in distress, the “selfless” father of three tragically ended up falling 27 feet from the freeway’s overpass. “My son and another witness stopped to assist the guy. He went around the backside 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.”
The 41-year-old man, Timothy Baclit, passed away at the scene after suffering fatal injuries, according to reports. Unfortunately, the details of how he actually fell from the height remain unclear. “All we do know is there was an accident,” said Timothy’s father Scott Baclit of the incident that unfolded just after 1 a.m. on December 5. “My son and another witness stopped to assist the guy. He went around the backside 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,” he also said.
The Pennsylvania State Police is yet to comment on the matter, however, they did reveal that an investigation is underway. Timothy leaves behind three children, ages 19, 17, and 14.
A GoFundMe Page has been set up by the family hoping to raise funds for the three kids. “There has been an Educational funding page set up on behalf of Tim’s three children (Gabby- 19; Kaden 17; Chandon 14). Tim was a great dad, his children were the three pillars of his life. All donations will be a gift of remembrance towards the 3 children’s educational funding accounts,” it noted.
On the fundraising page, Timothy was described as a “hero” who will always be remembered for his selfless acts. “Tim’s Life was taken by an unexpected tragedy through his selfless acts of kindness,” it read. “Tim’s honorable duties will be remembered as a veteran, a father, a son, a brother, but mostly he will be remembered forever, by everyone as a Hero! Thank you for your sympathy and condolences during this time.”
According to reports, his heartbroken father remembered Timothy as someone who had the heart of a lion. “If somebody didn’t know Tim, and they met him on the street, they would probably hesitate about talking to the guy,” he expressed. “He had the brawn of a grizzly bear, but he had the heart of a lion.” His stepmother, Mary Ellen Baclit, said, “The thing that is bringing most comfort to his children is that he died a hero.”
“He was very loyal, very honorable,” said his sister, Kristi Main. “He helps anyone. He’s the most honest person you’ll ever meet,” added girlfriend, Vicky Hunter. The GoFundMe page has already raised $14,990 of its goal $20,000 goal, thanks to the generous community. If you wish to help Timothy Baclit’s family, please click here to donate.