Firefighters, police officers, and paramedics or EMTs are among the ones who are charged with keeping us safe, and in some instances, saving lives. We definitely expect them to be sober while on duty, but what they do in their personal lives is a different story. Like the rest of us, they are human and make mistakes. Unfortunately for one fire-rescue officer, his mistake turned out to be deadly. Fox 5 Atlanta reports on a Dallas firefighter who was arrested for DUI after a crash that killed a pregnant woman.
Early Wednesday morning, 45-year-old Horace Shaw III was speeding in a white two-door Mercedes southbound on Highway 67 in Cedar Hill.
This is when he struck a Mazda SUV. The impact was so violent that both occupants of the SUV were ejected from the vehicle.
The driver of the SUV, 18-year-old Alyssa Pimentel, had been merging back onto the roadway after dealing with a flat tire. Both Pimentel and her passenger, 21-year-old Isaiah Perez, were ejected from the vehicle.
Pimentel was pregnant with a due date of December 25th. She died in the accident. Her unborn child was delivered but only lived for about an hour. Perez received minor injuries and only found out about the death of his girlfriend and his child after inquiring after them. He suffered a fractured neck and leg.
Initial investigation indicates that both alcohol and speed were factors in the accident. Shaw had been drinking at a Dallas bar prior to the accident. Both Shaw and his passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Shaw is on administrative leave pending an investigation. He has worked for Dallas Fire-Rescue for 12 years.
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