DWI charges for man who struck firefighter on I-55

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Bryan Kreitler

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 42-year-old man for allegedly striking a firefighter on Interstate 55 while that firefighter was responding to an accident during last Friday’s nightmarish evening commute.

According to prosecutors, the incident took place around 6:10 p.m. on I-55 at Carondelet Boulevard.

Throughout the day, freezing drizzle turned roadways into ice rinks, leading to several accidents and spinouts across the metropolitan area. While responding to one accident at the location, fire crews parked a pumper truck at an angle on the highway to protect firefighters as they worked with victims of the wreck.

Apparently, an SUV tried to pull around the scene just as the driver of the pumper truck was getting out. The firefighter was not protected and struck by the SUV.

The firefighter suffered a concussion.

Police said the driver of the SUV, identified as Bryan Kreitler, tested positive for intoxication. Kreitler also had a prior alcohol-related conviction relating to a January 2011 incident.

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