November 2019 Hit & Run Collision

Caused 3 Major Injuries


February 27, 2020

California Highway Patrol, Arrowhead Area  Running Springs, CA.  

Saturday November 30, 2019 at approximately 6:35 P.M., on State Route 38 east of Hatchery Drive in Erwin Lake, a traffic collision occurred involving a gray 2019 Ford F-350 and a blue Toyota 4-Runner.

The driver of the Ford F-350 fled the scene of the collision in the Ford, leaving three victims in the Toyota 4-Runner with major bodily injuries. The 19 year-old female passenger of the Toyota sustained major long-term head and brain injury.

The 18 year-old male passenger of the Toyota sustained four broken teeth, a concussion, and numerous lacerations.

The 57 year-old male driver of the Toyota sustained head, neck, and back injuries as a result of this collision.  

The driver of the gray 2019 Ford F-350 failed to render aid or call 9-1-1 for aid of these three victims.

The driver of the Ford, later identified as Big Bear City resident Daniel Gieling, fled California to the state of  Kentucky, in an attempt to elude capture and have his Ford F-350 repaired.

After an extensive nearly three-month investigation which included search warrants in California and Kentucky and the assistance of the Kentucky State Police.  The California Highway Patrol investigators, located at CHP Arrowhead Area, Running Springs, California, presented a detailed case to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, that resulted in the final arrest. Lt. M. Salinas is the CHP Commander at the Running Springs location.   

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the District Attorney’s office filed Felony charges of Hit and Run causing bodily injury and Reckless driving causing specific injury.

February 26, 2020, at approximately 6:03 P.M., California Highway Patrol Officer A. Williams, #20725 of the Arrowhead CHP Area located and arrested Daniel Gieling pursuant to the arrest warrant issued by San Bernardino County Superior Court, as An Internationally Accredited Agency.  

As a result of the thorough investigation by the authorities, Daniel Gieling was booked into SBSO West Valley Detention Center on February 26, 2020 for his felony violations.