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San Diego paramedic hit by car while responding to traffic accident

Posted on Apr 03, 2010

A 24-year-old emergency medical technician was struck by a vehicle and killed as he was laying out flares at the scene of a San Diego car crash.
Esteban Bahena of Lemon Grove was an employee of San Diego Medical Services. He and a co-worker were travelling northbound on the Cabrillo Freeway when they stopped to help at the site of two different crashes near Washington Street.
It was raining and the roads were slick, so after Bahena and his partner checked on the occupants of the vehicles, Bahena began to put up flares around the site in order to warn motorists and give them stopping time.
While he was putting out flares, Bahena was struck by a silver 2001 Chrysler Sebring. The Crysler then hit two of the disabled vehicles.
The EMT was given CPR and taken to a nearby trauma center.  He did not survive.
The driver was treated for injuries. She was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and is not expected to face charges.
This is the first on-duty fatality for San Diego Medical Services.
This death illustrates the danger of working on the highway. It is risky even for trained emergency personnel.  If you are involved in a traffic accident, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. For more tips, click here.

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