Los Angeles firefighter recruit killed in hit-and-run on California's 101 Freeway

  • Source: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles
  • Published: 04/16/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The Los Angeles Fire Department is mourning the loss of a recruit firefighter who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the northbound 101 Freeway in Studio City Monday morning. According to LAFD, Jacob Fuerte, 22, “may have been involved in a traffic collision” shortly after 5 a.m. near Vineland Avenue as Fuerte was on his way to training. “He got out of his vehicle, likely to assess the situation and render aid to anyone in need, when he was hit by another vehicle,” fire department spokesman Erik Scott said in a videotaped statement posted on X, formerly Twitter. Despite the efforts of emergency responders, including the fire department, Fuerte was pronounced dead at the scene. “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the immediate family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time,” said Scott.


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