A man who was hit from behind on Route 18 in Massachusetts (MA) while tending his disabled vehicle has lost his leg.

Mauricio E. Donez-Lopez, 32, was pushing his 2000 Dodge Caravan down the roadway in New Bedford after it ran out of gas on Thursday, January 20th, 2011. He was hit by a 2006 Nissan Altima driven by Tania Pinto, 25, of Dartmouth.

Donez-Lopez was given assistance by Trooper Richard Enos and an unidentified Good Samanitarian. Unfortunately, the victim’s leg was severed in the crash, and he was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. After being stabilized, he was driven by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence for further treatment. Pinto was also taken to St. Luke’s for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the State Police; no charges have yet been filed.

Our sincerest condolences to this poor man who lost his leg, and will now be disabled for the rest of his life. What a terrible thing to have happen during a serious car accident.

Whenever you are driving, always remain alert to your surroundings. Do not let yourself become distracted with items such as the radio, a cell phone, or other things inside the car. You never know when you might accidentally change someone’s life forever.

If you were permanently disabled due to a severe car crash, it may be in your best interest to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. You could be eligible for compensation that includes wages lost because you are unable to work.