Stopping to help a stranded driver on the side of the road are the kinds of actions that give the state the Iowa Nice tag.
But in Marshalltown it ended with the good Samaritan becoming a victim.
A Marshalltown woman didn’t want to leave a driver stranded on the side of the road but her attempt to help nearly cost her life.
When she stopped to help the stranded drivers she was beaten, robbed and left on the side of the road.
That’s where Nick Christensen found her.
“She wasn`t conscious at all,” Christensen said. “We tried to check her pulse so we grabbed our coats, it was five degrees outside and covered her up and called an ambulance.”
Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg believes this is an isolated incident, but says drivers should always use caution when assisting others on the road.
“You know you can`t always be 100 percent safe, but you have to do what you can do to keep yourself safe,” Chief Deputy Tecklenburg said.
He says a safer alternative is staying inside your locked car and offering to call for help.
The two perpetrators also took the Christmas presents she'd just purchased for her grandchildren.
The victim said they were driving a dark blue or black car, and they appeared to be in their 30s. She described the woman as white with dark hair and a heavy build.
She said the man had darker skin and a mustache.