November 2019 Hit & Run Collision
Caused 3 Major
Highway Patrol, Arrowhead Area Running
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.
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.
18 year-old male passenger of the Toyota sustained four broken teeth, a
concussion, and numerous lacerations.
57 year-old male driver of the Toyota sustained head, neck, and back injuries
as a result of this collision.
driver of the gray 2019 Ford F-350 failed to render aid or call 9-1-1
for aid of these three victims.
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.
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.
February 26, 2020, the District Attorney’s office filed Felony charges of
Hit and Run causing bodily injury and Reckless driving causing specific injury.
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.
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