San Diego EMT Facebooks “Love my job” hours before death; killed helping driver

Legal news for California automobile accident attorneys. An EMT was killed on the job while responding to a car crash.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash where a Chrysler Sebring hit and killed a SDMS EMT.

San Diego, CA– A EMT with the San Diego Medical Services (SDMS) wrote “Just transported a patient coming off a jet plane. Love my job,” on his Facebook wall just eight hours before he was killed doing the job that he loved so very much. Esteban Bahena was fatally struck by a motorist while responding to as accident on Thursday, April 1, 210 on the rain-soaked State Route 163, as reported by NBC San Diego.

Around 7:00 a.m. Bahena and his partner reportedly pulled over on northbound SR-163 just south of Robinson Avenue to help a stranded driver. While they were helping the distressed motorist, another accident occurred nearby when a pickup truck and a Toyota Scion crashed. As Bahena crossed over the highway to place flares around the accident scene to alert motorist of the collision, he was struck by a passing Chrysler Sebring. Bahena’s partner rushed over and immediately began CPR until a nearby fire crew arrived at the scene. He was then loaded up in his own ambulance and was rushed to Mercy Hospital for treatment. At 8:31 a.m., the EMT was pronounced dead by attending medical professionals.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) believes a fifth car was involved in the fatal crash because the Sebring that hit Bahena had rear end damage with blue paint from the other vehicle. Troopers believe the blue car fled the scene following the wreck. A full investigation is currently underway.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California automobile accident lawyers.