LANCASTER – Two local deputies helped saved the life of a motorcyclist who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Lancaster Saturday evening, authorities said.
The collision was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, near the intersection of 15th Street East and Avenue K, said Lt. Larry Alva of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station said.
A motorcyclist and his 8-year-old daughter were ejected onto a busy roadway when a vehicle struck their motorcycle and then fled the scene, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
When deputies John Fink and Darrin Van Arsdale arrived on scene, the motorcyclist was “suffering from a severe and potentially life threatening injury to his leg,” the news release states.
“Deputy Vans Arsdale sprinted to his patrol vehicle and retrieved a tourniquet. He dashed back to the victim and gave the tourniquet to Deputy Fink, who applied the device to the father’s lower limb in order to preserve his life,” the news release states.
“Once they had stabilized the father, Deputies Fink and Van Arsdale turned their attention to the little girl, who had sustained numerous serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result of her fall from the motorcycle. Deputy Van Arsdale treated the young girl for her injuries and continued to comfort her until the arrival of Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel,” the news release states.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Engine 135 arrived at the scene and took over medical care, and then father and daughter were airlifted to a hospital.
“According to Los Angeles County Fire personnel, the quick actions of deputies Fink and Van Arsdale in applying the tourniquet to the father saved his life,” the news release states.
A witness called 9-1-1, stayed on the phone with Lancaster Station dispatchers, and helped lead deputies to the suspected hit-and-run driver’s location, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect — 28-year-old Joshua Hall of Lancaster — allegedly threatened a female deputy before he was taken into custody, according to the news release.
Hall was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, the Sheriff’s Department reported.