A Broward sheriff’s deputy was injured Thursday morning after he stopped on his way to work to aid crash victims on Interstate 95 in central Palm Beach County.
The deputy, 50-year-old Joseph Bialczak, was struck on the highway near Sixth Avenue South in Lake Worth and flown to Delray Medical Center, where he is in fair condition.
The crash Bialczak came upon just after 5:30 a.m. involved a Toyota Yaris that had been traveling south on I-95. The driver, Cristobal Castillo Leal, 41, of Pompano Beach, lost control, according to the FHP, and the car struck the concrete median wall and spun into the roadway.
Bialczak turned on his emergency lights and exited his squad car to help. He was standing next to the car when another car, a Mazda driven by Luis Perilla, 27, of Hollywood, lost control and hit the deputy and the wrecked Yaris.
The sheriff’s deputy, on the force for 22 years, is recovering from a broken vertebra, a broken leg and a head injury.
The crash remains under investigation by the FHP.
This report was supplemented with material from The Palm Beach Post.