Divers, Loved Ones Search Deep Water Channel for Good Samaritan

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Update: Crews did not find Wilson's body Monday and will resume their search Tuesday.

STOCKTON -- A dive team searched for a woman who fell from Interstate 5 into Deep Water Channel Saturday after she tried to help a driver whose car had stopped on the highway.

No one has been able to find 25-year-old Doris Wilson after she was hit by a car and thrown from I-5.

Before 11:10 p.m., the Stockton CHP reports a 20-year-old was driving southbound on the highway when another car swerved into his lane. He swerved out of the way, losing control of his car and spinning around on the roadway. His Honda stopped near the center median and he was unable to move it.

Wilson and her friend got out of their car to help the man.

A 35-year-old woman then crashed her car into the Honda. As a result, one of the cars hit both Wilson and her friend.

“She pulled over and tried to help them, and then a Corvette just came and slammed her,” said Mary Wilson, Doris Wilson's sister.

Doris Wilson's friend was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The Stockton CHP believes the force of the impact may have sent Doris Wilson over the edge of the overpass and into the Stockton Deep Water Channel below.

Divers searched into the early morning and then again after the sun came up with no success.

“We were diving in around 25 to 40 feet of water," said Stockton Fire Battalion Chief Lane Healy. "You have to send a diver into the water. But it’s zero visibility.”

To her family she is Dory, a mother of two young sons. Ever since her family heard about the accident they have been gathering at the side of the channel to support each other and to search for her themselves.

The other two drivers suffered minor and moderate injuries in the crash.

Neither drugs nor alcohol was involved in the car crash.

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