Costa Mesa firefighter hit by driver still unresponsive, fund exceeds $ 72,000 – Orange County Register
UPDATE (Monday November 5): Costa Mesa fire captain dies, hit by possible DUI driver while riding his bike outside of duty hours
A Costa Mesa fire and rescue captain struck by a vehicle while cycling was left unconscious and in critical condition on Sunday, November 4.
A GoFundMe The campaign was launched after Fire Captain Mike Kreza, an 18-year-old veteran firefighter, was shot while driving along Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo on Saturday, November 3. Kreza was off duty at the time of the crash, said Carrie Braun, spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
At around 11 p.m. on Sunday, the fund raised more than $ 72,000 for Kreza and her family.
* Captain Kreza update *
Captain Mike Kreza is still unresponsive and in critical condition the next few hours are critical.
Captain Kreza is surrounded by his family and friends, including his family of firefighters. pic.twitter.com/r1OTrYZO6a
– Costa Mesa FD (@CMFD_PIO) November 4, 2018
– OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) November 4, 2018
Pray for Captain Kreza and his family as well as the Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue family. May God guide the physicians to provide perfect care and provide comfort and restore Captain Kreza to good health.
– Jo Ann (@Blue_N_Gold) November 4, 2018
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash scene on the eastbound Alicia Parkway on Saturday shortly after 8 a.m. near Via Burgos, where Kreza was found lying on the roadway, Braun said. He was unconscious, with visible head and body trauma, and was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Witnesses told investigators the driver of a pickup truck struck the cyclist as he was driving eastbound on Alicia Parkway. The driver remained at the scene and, after being assessed, it was determined that he was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the collision, Braun said. Several prescription drugs were found inside the van, Braun told the City News Service.
Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for drunk driving. He was incarcerated in the Orange County Jail and was being held on $ 100,000 bond.
A candlelight vigil was held for Kreza on Saturday.
“Our entire Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue family is immensely saddened by the news that one of our own was involved in an accident this morning,” Dan Stefano, head of Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue, said in a statement. “We work together to support the family and each other. We appreciate the strong support from our brothers and sisters in the Orange County Fire Department and Law Enforcement who have reached out to help us during this difficult time for our family of firefighters. “
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the OCSD dispatch service at 714-647-7000. Anonymous advice can be submitted to OC Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.