A tow truck driver was severely injured after he was struck by another motorist on Highway 79 outside Beaumont last month.
KTLA in Los Angeles reports that according to a statement issued by the California Highway Patrol, 49-year-old Enrique Ramirez Sanchez was responding to a call for a wrecker after a rollover crash that happened on Highway 79 on Sunday, February 23rd.
The CHP said that the driver in the single-vehicle crash that Sanchez was responding to was unhurt.
Sanchez, who works for Statewide Towing, had parked his tow truck along the shoulder of the highway. He was hooking up the disabled vehicle when the female driver of a Toyota Corolla lost control of her car, struck a median wall, and then veered into the opposite lanes and onto the shoulder where she struck Sanchez and his tow truck.
Sanchez was transported from the scene to an area hospital for treatment of major injuries.
Investigators with the CHP determined that the 29-year-old woman from Riverside had been traveling at an unsafe rate of speed on wet pavement. So far, authorities do not believe that impairment by alcohol or drugs played any role in the crash.
Sanchez has had to undergo multiple surgeries while doctors attempt to save his legs. Doctors believe that he will have to undergo even more surgeries and that his recovery will be a long one.
Sanchez is well-liked by members of law enforcement and the community. Members of the Banning Police Officers Association have set up a GoFundMe page to help Sanchez with medical expenses.