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Man killed while changing flat tire

6/21/2007 - Mississauga, Canada
Man killed while changing flat tire

By: Louie Rosella from the Mississauga News

June 21, 2007 - Sam Mammoliti was known among his colleagues as a generous and independent man.

So, it's not surprising that when one of the tires on his Pontiac Sunfire went flat while he was driving home on Ha.y 401 near Dixon Rd. yesterday afternoon, he opted to fix it himself and turned down help from a passing tow truck driver.

But, just seconds after the 53-year-old Mississauga man secured a jack underneath the car, another vehicle, a Nissan Altima, veered off the road and struck him, catipulting him more than 20 metres into a grassy area.

Although two police officers and a private citizen tried feverishly to revive Mammoliti, paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene a short time later.

It is not yet known what caused the Nissan to swerve off the road, or whether charges will be laid. But OPP Cst. Dave Woodford said excessive speed was not suspected as a factor. The female driver of the Nissan was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

It was later revealed that Toronto tow truck driver Thusi Mylbagna had offered to help Mammoliti, but he said "no thanks, I'm all right," according to Mylbagna.

Mammoliti is the cousin of Toronto City Councillor Georgio Mammoliti. The councillor's constituency assistant, Stephanie Morgani, said yesterday that it's a "family matter" and he didn't wish to comment.

Sam Mammoliti worked in the architect division of Housing Services Inc., a subsidiary of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

In an email statement, his colleagues said he was a hard and independent worker who "was known for his good nature and was always smiling."

Mammoliti was a "champion" of the United Way, regularly taking part in the Scotiabank Rat Race, a five-kilometre run in which the proceeds go towards United Way.

Woodford said this fatality should serve as a reminder to residents to never get out of their cars on busy highways.

Drivers and passengers should stay in their vehicle and call for the help of police or a tow truck, Woodford said.

If you can’t stay in the car, it’s best to get off the road entirely and onto the other side of a ditch or barrier, the officer added.

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