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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A passenger in a vehicle that stopped to help another driver retrieve a bicycle was killed Sunday night after the vehicle was rear-ended, the Lakewood Police Department said.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on eastbound West Sixth Avenue just east of Indiana Street.

Police said a driver in the left lane had a bicycle fall off the top of their vehicle. The driver stopped to retrieve the bicycle and another vehicle stopped in the left lane to help.

After the bicycle was retrieved, the Good Samaritan driver got back into their vehicle and was about to drive away when it was rear-ended by another driver.

A passenger in the Good Samaritan vehicle, identified Monday as 56-year-old Jana Elliott of Montana, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver suffered minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the stopped vehicle was not injured.

Police do not believe speed was a factor in the crash. All drivers and passengers involved remained at the scene. It is not known if alcohol or drugs are a factor, pending toxicology reports.

On Monday, the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the stopped vehicle was identified as Curtis Blodgett. He was arrested for vehicular homicide, police said.