COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Police have identified a young woman who was killed by a suspected drunk driver as she was trying to help another motorist early Sunday morning.
Jhoanna Nicole Caballero, 23, stopped to help a driver who crashed along eastbound Route 50 at Maryland Route 410 in Prince George’s County. Police say moments after Caballero stepped out of her car, she was struck and killed.
“She was a loving, caring girl that would help anyone,” her father told FOX 5 in an email.
He says his daughter was a cosmetologist who also worked as a waitress. He says she was heading home from work Sunday when she was killed.
“To me, she’s a hero, so that’s how I’m always going to look at it,” said friend Antonio Dillard.
Dillard, a photographer, attended Arundel High School with Caballero. He also did a photo shoot with her last summer.
“I’ve never had anything like this happen,” he said. “It just hits really hard because I was able to have a moment with her and actually save it and record it.”
Police say the driver of the striking car, a 37-year-old man from Springdale, Maryland, was arrested and taken into police custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.
He has not yet been identified due to pending criminal charges.