Costa Mesa fire captain in critical condition after being struck by alleged DUI driver

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A Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue captain was severely injured when he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle on Saturday. (Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue)

A Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue captain was severely injured in a traffic collision involving a vehicle early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Captain Mike Kreza was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Mission Viejo.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to the incident on the eastbound side of Alicia Parkway near Via Burgos just after 8 a.m.

Kreza, an 18-year veteran of the Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Department, is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the incident and provided aid before transporting Kreza to a local area trauma center.

Kreza was off-duty at the time of the crash. A vigil was held for Kreza Saturday night.

According to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the driver of the van remained at the scene.

The driver, Stephen Taylor Scarpa, is suspected to have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash. Multiple prescription medications were in his vehicle, authorities said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.

The suspect was booked and bail was set at $100,000.

A GoFundMe account has been started for Kreza.
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