An Austin firefighter is in a coma after being hit by a truck while he was riding his bike in south Austin Tuesday.
Tuesday afternoon emergency crews responded to a crash in the 10000 block of Manchaca near Slaughter. According to police, 33-year-old Colin Camp was riding his bike when he was hit by a truck. He was rushed to UMC Brackenridge with life-threatening injuries. He remained in a coma Wednesday.
According to AFD Batalion Chief Palmer Buck, Camp has been a member of the Austin Fire Department for six years and works at Station 28 near Parmer and MoPac.
"Colin is a fantastic firefighter. He is captain of our firefighter soccer team, an avid cyclist," Buck told FOX 7. Camp is a member of the department's Special Operations Unit, assisting on water rescues and hazardous material response.
Camp was riding his bike not far from his home around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The driver, 60-year-old Stephen Murphy was arrested for aggravated assault with a vehicle and for failure to stop and render aid.
According to police, Murphy briefly stopped after hitting Camp, then accelerated while witnesses chased him down. He finally stopped, but never approached Camp. Murphy later told police he had taken a prescription sleep aid just a couple hours before the crash. Camp was riding in the 14-foot wide bike lane when he was hit.
"He was doing everything right," said Buck. "We know he was wearing his helmet, riding in the bike lane. We don't know exactly what happened, but we feel confident that he is where he was supposed to be."
Several firefighters from Camp's station have been at the hospital since the crash. They're hoping for his recovery.
"Right now we're just working to get him back on his fire truck, working to get him better as he remains in very critical condition...thoughts and prayers to get him back where he needs to be," Buck said.