A Daly City motorcyclist was severely injured after being hit by a San Francisco fire truck. KGO-TV reports that the fire truck driver appears to have been under the influence.
Surveillance video of the scene shows the ladder truck hitting the motorcyclist after running a red light. The 50-year-old motorcyclist suffered a punctured lung, neck and back injuries, and broken bones in his legs, ankles, foot and ribs.
The motorcyclist declined to be interviewed by KGO-TV through his attorney.
“He remains in a wheelchair,” the motorcyclist’s lawyer said. “He stills faces at least one more surgery, and it’s unlikely that he will ever fully recover from his injuries.” The lawyer added the that the motorcyclist is cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office.
There is also an internal corruption investigation underway against the other firefighters who were in the ladder truck. KGO-TV reports that the firefighters went to a nearby bar after the motorcycle accident and the driver began chugging water.
The firefighter’s blood-alcohol level was 0.13 when he was final tested hours later, which is still far above the legal intoxication limit. The firefighter will not face DUI charges however as authorities say that they can’t prove that he was drunk at the time of the crash. Authorities may charge his coworkers for covering for him however.
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