(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — The first responder who died after being struck by a vehicle that drove through the scene of a two-car crash on Sunday has been identified.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, crews first responded to a two-car accident near the intersection of South Brickyard Road and Route 20 in North East shortly after noon on Aug. 20.
Shawn Giles, 53, a volunteer firefighter with the Fuller Hose Co. in North East, was directing traffic when he was struck and killed by an Erie man who allegedly was driving without a license at a high rate of speed, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Giles was pronounced dead at 1:43 p.m. on Sunday at UPMC Hamot after suffering multiple blunt force trauma injuries.
The driver of the striking vehicle, identified as Dawann Simmons, 41, was taken into custody by state police and arraigned on charges of homicide by vehicle and accidents involving death or injury while not licensed. Both charges are third-degree felonies. The driver was also charged with several summary violations.
“This is a tragedy, and it could have been avoided. I offer my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Firefighter Giles’ family and to the Fuller Hose Co,” said City of Erie Mayor Joe Schember.
“Every day, first responders – in the City, and everywhere – put their lives on the line to protect us all. We must be diligent in protecting them when they are working at emergency scenes,” said Erie Police Department Chief Daniel Spizarny.