IMPERIAL — Heriberto "Eddie" Arizaga Jr. drove his new truck into Mexico on Friday.
He returned Saturday to the United States in the back of an ambulance.
According to eyewitness reports, Arizaga, a 23-year-old reserve firefighter for the Imperial County Fire Department, was returning to the U.S. on Saturday in his pickup with two friends when a car cut him off.
Arizaga swerved and his vehicle hit a curb and his new, deep purple truck hit a pole.
Arizaga's head was pinned in the wreckage. Bystanders pulled him free and he was rushed to a Mexicali emergency room.
After his condition was stabilized he was driven to the El Centro Regional Medical Center. From there he was airlifted to the trauma ward of University of California San Diego Medical Center.
He has been diagnosed with a skull fracture, facial cuts and bruises.
In the days since the accident, Arizaga has been undergoing treatment in the trauma ward for his cranial swelling. While the swelling has decreased, he is still in critical condition, according to Imperial County Firefighters Association president Angel Morales.