Navy woman who stopped to help motorist is killed

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GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol has identified a 44-year-old woman killed after she got out of her vehicle to help a stranger involved in a collision on an icy highway near Gig Harbor.

The patrol identified her as Regina Mills. Navy spokeswoman Sheila Murray tells The Kitsap Sun that the woman was a sailor assigned to the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier completing a yearlong maintenance period in Bremerton.

Trooper Guy Gill said the woman stopped to help a motorcyclist who lost control Monday morning on icy State Highway 16 and laid his bike down in the right lane.

Gill says the woman, the motorcyclist and Trooper Maxwell Criss were all standing on the right shoulder when a pickup truck lost control and hit another vehicle, causing it to strike the trio. Criss suffered knee and shoulder injuries and the motorcyclist received minor injuries.