FRISCO, Texas - A driver who stopped to help someone else after a crash on the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco was killed.
The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday night on the northbound side of the tollway near Highway 121.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 46-year-old Julia Zaman of Frisco stopped on the northbound shoulder of the DNT at the Sam Rayburn Tollway after seeing a Kia SUV traveling in the same direction crash into the median and coming to rest in the left lane.
Moments after Julia got out of her Land Rover, investigators say a Chevy Camaro fatally struck her.
Julia was a Sunday school teacher at a Mormon Church down the street from the family's home. She was also heavily involved in her husband's Pakistani culture, which is why she was at a friend's salon to plan an event minutes before she was killed.
Nadeem Zaman was overcome with emotion while reminiscing about Julia, the love of his life.
“She liked life. She loved living,” he said, “It was the epitome of her character. You couldn’t expect anything other than her not stopping. She would've stopped even if she had drove past it.”
Three state troopers showed up to Nadeem’s home around 2 a.m. Tuesday to deliver the news.
“They had her cell phone in their hand and asked me if I could identify the cell phone,” Nadeem recalled. “They said the trauma was pretty bad and that the identification was hard.”
For Nadeem, what is hardest is watching the couple's 15-year-old daughter suffer. He's asking the community to kindly keep them in their prayers.
“We are blessed that we have the support that not many have,” he said. “At the same time, moving forward I know I will need it the most.”
I asked zaman how he felt about the driver who struck and killed his wife.
Nadeem said it is not his place to blame on anyone, adding that it is up to investigators to determine who was at fault.
The driver of the Camaro was identified as Rabyl Nathoo. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The two people in the Kia were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.