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Hit-and-run driver strikes firefighter

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A Balch Springs firefighter is recovering at home after being the victim of a hit-and-run.

It happened Wednesday night as Frank Shafer was directing traffic around a bad accident involving an 18-wheeler, a motorcycle and another vehicle on Interstate 635.

Fire Chief Gary Brown said a woman drove into the accident scene and Shafer motioned for her to stop. She did, but not for long.

"She pulled directly up to him, stopping right here, stopping at his knees. He directed her to get out of the vehicle and shut the vehicle off. She looked him straight in the eyes and accelerated the vehicle. At that point Mr. Schafer draped on to the hood of the vehicle holding on and striking the hood with his flashlight, possibly the windshield he couldn't remember exactly, until approximately 150 -175 feet where he's able to swing his legs over and roll off the side of the vehicle instead of under the front," Chief Brown said.

The firefighter suffered a concussion, scrapes, bumps and bruises, but is expected to be okay.

Balch Springs police are reviewing video from various squad cars that were at the accident and will try to identify the vehicle. Right now they only know it was a dark-colored sedan.

They are urging the driver to turn herself in. Because she struck a public servant, police said she faces aggravated assault charges if she is identified and located.

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