The firefighter was ejected by the impact of the crash
LOS ANGELES, California- KABC reports three off-duty Georgia firefighters were injured, one of them fatally, when the car in which they were traveling was struck by a suspected DUI driver Monday evening in Venice, authorities have confirmed.
The three-vehicle crash took place about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Washington Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
One of the Georgia firefighters was pronounced dead at the scene, LAPD Lt. Joseph Sanchez said.
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“It is with great sadness that I report the death of Marietta Firefighter Ron C. Herens,” the fire department’s chief, Jackie Gibbs, said in a statement.
One of the Herens’ colleagues suffered a possible broken collarbone and hip, and the other firefighter sustained lacerations. Both were taken to UCLA Medical Center for treatment.
According to Gibbs, Herens was a passenger in the car with two fellow firefighters, Dillon Guest and Doug Blanchard.
The third vehicle was occupied by a couple who were unhurt, Sanchez said.
The unidentified DUI suspect was taken into custody.
News video showed several LAPD and Los Angeles Fire Department vehicles escorting a coroner’s van as it transported the deceased victim’s body away from the scene of the collision.
The Marietta firefighters were part of a group of four firefighters who were visiting from Georgia on vacation, Gibbs said.
The following is a statement from Marietta Fire Department Chief Jackie Gibbs regarding the tragic incident affecting Marietta firefighters while on vacation. Chief Jackie Gibbs will address the media at 11:00 today (Tuesday, April 11, 2017) in front of Fire State 51 located next to Marietta City Hall at 112 Haynes Street, Marietta, GA 30060.
“It is with great sadness that I report the death of Marietta firefighter Ron C Herens. Ron tragically died in a car crash in Los Angles, California while on vacation with four other firefighters from Marietta Fire Department. Ron was a passenger in a car with two fellow firefighters when their car was struck by a DUI driver. The other two firefighters, Dillon Guest and Doug Blanchard were transported by ambulance to UCLA Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Funeral arrangements are pending.”