Calif. firefighter dies in crash on way to work
Steven Pacatte was driving on a foggy road when he attempted to pass a garbage truck and collided with another vehicle
By Ashley McBride
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco firefighter died in a head-on car crash early Wednesday morning, officials said.
Around 5:30 a.m., Steven Pacatte was driving to work behind a Recology garbage truck along a foggy Occidental Road in Santa Rosa, California Highway Patrol officials said.
While traveling eastbound toward Piezzi Road, Pacatte attempted to pass the truck by driving his Chevrolet Silverado in the westbound lane and collided with an oncoming Chevrolet Suburban. The garbage truck hit Pacatte’s truck after the first collision, officials said.
Pacatte and the woman driving the Suburban were transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where Pacatte was pronounced dead. The woman remains in critical condition. The garbage truck driver was not injured.
Pacatte had worked for the Fire Department for nearly three years at stations 3, 14 and 48, fire officials said. He had also recently provided mutual aid at last month’s Camp Fire in Butte County.
“Please keep Steven’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the Fire Department said in a statement.
Prior to San Francisco, Pacatte had worked for the Tiburon Fire Department, officials said.
A GoFundMe has been established for Pacatte’s fiancee and unborn child.
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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Firefighter Steven Pacatte, Station 14. Steve was on his way to work this morning and was involved in a motor vehicle collision.— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) December 13, 2018
Please keep Steven’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ndBcgYqEcQ
View of the @sffdpio #SanFrancisco firefighter procession heading into the city on the #GoldenGateBridge This was earlier this evening for Steven Pacatte who died in a head-on collision on his way to work from the North Bay https://t.co/6iICrwH9vc pic.twitter.com/kQoBhCjUfv— KTVU (@KTVU) December 13, 2018
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