VIDEO: Cal Fire firefighter struck in San Francisco hit-and-run still critical

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A Cal Fire firefighter who was intentionally struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning remains in critical condition, police said, and San Francisco cops are still hunting for the suspect.

The 29-year-old firefighter was struck by a car in the Shell gas station parking lot at Geary Boulevard and Ninth Avenue in the Richmond district around 2:45 a.m., according to police.

Before the physical attack, police said, the victim and the suspect had argued at a nearby restaurant. Police released surveillance video Sunday from the Jack in the Box at 11th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. Both men were separated and the victim reportedly left the restaurant.

Scroll down to see video of the incident.

The firefighter then walked to the gas station and the suspect followed him in his vehicle before intentionally hitting the victim, according to police. The suspect was seen leaving the gas station in a black Mazda CX or similar-looking sport utility vehicle, with possible front-end damage. The car has 12-spoke sport rims.

The victim is a San Francisco native, according to Capt. Jonathan Cox of Cal Fire, which did not release his name. He has worked as a seasonal firefighter for the past five years at the Saratoga Summit Fire Station in Santa Clara County.

According to Cox, the man also served as a Marine for four years and spent time in Iraq. He remains in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

“Our main concern is his well-being and recovery,” Cox said, “and assisting SFPD in their ongoing investigation.”

The suspect remains at large, according to police. Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident can contact police on the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or through text message at TIP411.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

 

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