Fla. firefighter and his family injured in multi-vehicle crash

Firefighter Hunter Garcia, his wife and daughter were transported to the hospital with serious injuries and their daughter was admitted with life-threatening injuries

By Zachary T. Sampson
Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A Pasco County firefighter, his wife and infant daughter were injured in a four-car crash Friday afternoon in Hillsborough County that sent five people to the hospital.

Hunter Garcia and his family were driving on Van Dyke Road before the collision, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue. The crash occurred about 2 p.m. when a driver on Brown Road ran a stop sign and hit another vehicle headed east on Van Dyke Road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

It was unclear Saturday which vehicle Garcia and his family were in. Pasco officials said Garcia and his wife, who they did not name, suffered serious injuries and were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Their daughter’s injuries were considered life-threatening, the department said.

“Currently, the family remains admitted to the hospital, and firefighters stay by their side,” the department announced in a news release.

Garcia became a firefighter in Pasco less than two years ago.


Pasco County Fire Rescue Firefighter involved in a serious traffic crash in Hillsborough County LUTZ Fla. - Pasco...

Posted by Pasco County Fire Rescue on Saturday, September 14, 2019


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