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LA Sheriffs Deputies Rescue Hit-And-Run Victims

The deputies applied a tourniquet to the victim's lower leg after he and his daughter were struck by an alleged drunken driver

Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were hailed as heroes after aiding an injured father and daughter struck Saturday by an alleged drunken driver.

The two deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of 15th Street East and Avenue K in Lancaster. When they arrived, deputies John Fink and Darrin Van Arsdale found a father and his 8-year-old daughter who had been struck by a car while riding the father's motorcycle.

The driver fled the scene, leaving the two victims in the roadway with serious injuries, according to the Lancaster Sheriff's Station.

The father was suffering from a severe and potentially life-threatening injury to his leg. The deputies applied a tourniquet to the man's lower leg to stabilize him.

As a result from the crash, the girl suffered numerous serious but non-life threatening injuries. Van Arsdale tended to the young girl's injuries and comforted her until Los Angeles County Fire Department officials arrived on scene.

The father and daughter were airlifted to a hospital. There is no word on their current condition.

Fire officials said if it weren't for Fink's and Van Arsdale's quick thinking the father surely would have died before the fire department arrived.

While deputies responded to the scene of the hit-and-run, a witness called 911 and was able to guide deputies to the hit-and-run driver's location. The suspect was "extremely intoxicated," according to sheriff's deputies.

The 28-year-old man was arrested for felony DUI and is being held on $100,000 bail.

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