Runaway driver injures fireman

June 1, 2009 9:10:29 PM PDT
An impatient driver ends up losing control of his car, hitting and critically injuring an off-duty firefighter. Then that driver literally walked away from the scene. That firefighter is being treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Harris County Sheriffs Deputies say witnesses saw a speeding Mustang headed westbound on Aldine Bender when it left the roadway.

"He got out of his car and ran away barefoot," said eyewitness Jose Bautista. "But the police caught him three or four blocks down the road."

Investigators say the Mustang was stolen in Houston before the driver struck an off duty Cy-Fair Volunteer firefighter who works as a parts delivery man at an auto shop.

"The stolen vehicle was taken during a robbery," said Sgt. Susan Cotter of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The victim lost one leg at the scene and could lose the other. Investigators say the suspect tried to flee but a group of citizens held him down until sheriff's deputies arrived and arrested him.

"The people who caught him were very much appreciative of it and I'm sure the family of the victim is and sometimes we can't do it without the citizens' help," said Sgt. Cotter.

Deputies said the suspect was not alone. A woman and baby were with him in the car. The suspect admitted to drinking and driving and said he had smoked pot. He is charged with intoxication assault.

Members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department (CFVFD) are sending crews around the clock to hospital to be by the firefighter's bedside.

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