Cal Fire Battalion Chief Injured When Struck by Motorist

The Cal Fire Battalion Chief hit by a passing vehicle and sustaining moderate injuries while helping a disabled motorist has been identified...

The Cal Fire Battalion Chief hit by a passing vehicle and sustaining moderate injuries while helping a disabled motorist has been identified, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Chief Casey Hartman, assigned to Battalion 1 in Perris, stopped at 4:25 p.m. Thursday to assist a disabled motorist whose vehicle was partially blocking eastbound traffic on Borel Road West of Warren Road in an unincorporated area near Lake Skinner. Hartman parked his Cal Fire pickup truck to the rear of the disabled vehicle, also partially blocking traffic, and activated emergency warning lights, according to a CHP news release.

Hartman was standing outside the vehicle providing assistance when a 2004 Nissan Quest van heading westbound on Borel Road crossed over the double yellow center line and collided with the Cal Fire pickup truck, which pushed Hartman to the ground. According to the CHP, the van continued to spin out of control and the right rear of the van collided again with the pickup truck before rolling down a dirt embankment and coming to a stop.

Hartman, 44, sustained moderate injuries to his left leg and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the van, 36-year-old Ciria Flores of Nuevo, was not injured, nor was the stranded motorist. The CHP is investigating the incident.

According to the initial investigation, the van was driving at a speed that was unsafe for the weather condition, which included rain and a wet roadway.

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