Police confirmed Thursday they have, but won’t release, dashcam videos of the crash that left a Waco paramedic seriously injured that appear to show the paramedic reaching to push his partner out of the way moments before impact.
Rory Barros, 31, an East Texas Medical Center paramedic was struck and critically injured early Saturday morning at an accident scene.
He remained in intensive care Thursday at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.
Barros underwent an eight-hour surgery that stretched into the night Tuesday and faces additional operations during what officials say will be a long recovery.
"Since we have fixed his pelvis, our main concern now is his skin,” his wife, Amy, told KWTX Thursday.
“The force of the car slamming into my husband caused severe injuries to his skin, muscle and soft tissues all along the left side of his body. Some of his skin will heal, but some of it will not,” she said.
“He will most likely need to have procedures and skin grafts to certain areas. His lower leg fractures will need to be surgically fixed at a later date than what we were initially hoping due to his skin injuries.”
“We are here for the long haul,” she said.
East Texas Medical Center EMS Division Chief Dale Yates revealed Wednesday that Barros risked his own life to save his partner.
"Rory is a real hero who shoved his paramedic partner out of the way right before the car struck him."
Barros suffered pelvic and leg fractures when he was struck by the northbound vehicle early Saturday near the intersection of Loop 340 and Imperial Drive.
His partner and an intern who witnessed the accident are both traumatized, and are victims as well, ETMC Director of Operations James Stefka said.
“They’re like my family and it just hurts,” Stefka said.
The driver of the car that struck Barros, Alec Nava, 36, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault on a public servant and driving with an invalid license, police said.
He was jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $40,000, but has since been released.
Barros was among the first responders dispatched at around 3:40 a.m. Saturday to the scene of the accident in the Loop 340 median.
ETMC paramedics were performing first aid on a person injured in that crash when the vehicle police say Nava driving struck Barros, pinning him against the ambulance.