Camp Pendleton, CA–A U.S. Marine killed Monday morning on Interstate 5 while attempting to aid distressed motorists on the highway’s shoulder was identified.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alberto Lucio, 20 was a military policeman with Security and Emergency Services Battalion on Camp Pendleton,
According to reports from California Highway Patrol, Lucio was attempting to assist other motorists, whose vehicle had become incapacitated after a single-vehicle collision, leaving its lights disabled.
Immediately, Lucio stopped his vehicle and attempted to provide assistance to the stranded motorists, when he, along with the disabled vehicle, was struck by an international box truck. Lucio, a native of Smithville, Tennessee, was pronounced dead on the scene.
“Security and Emergency Services Battalion sends our deepest condolences and prayers to Lance Cpl. Lucio’s family,” said Col. John W. Black, commanding officer, Security and Emergency Services Battalion, MCB Camp Pendleton. “Lance Cpl. Lucio performed a noble and selfless act by stopping on Interstate 5 to provide critical aid to a person in need. Lance Cpl. Lucio gave his life in the service of others. His actions epitomized servant leadership and personified the very best in our emergency services personnel. Please honor Lance Cpl. Lucio’s memory through your actions, words and deeds.”
His personal awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.