Officer Nick Cirello Hurt, One Other Arrested in Car Accident

Officer Nick Cirello Hurt, One Other Arrested in Car Accident

[El Cajon, CA] – Officer Nick Cirello Wounded, David Pangilinan Arrested in Car Accident on West Washington Avenue 

Nick Cirello Hospitalized Following West Washington Avenue Accident in El Cajon 

December 23, 2020 – Nick Cirello, an El Cajon police officer, was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon. Moreover, he was released after an accident that occurred on West Washington Avenue. 
  
Initially, authorities responded to reports that an SUV was partially blocking the road. Furthermore, this happened at around 8:30 a.m. near South Magnolia Avenue. 
  
Then, responding officials located the driver along with his female passenger sleeping in their vehicle.

In The Aftermath 

Afterward, officers made attempts to wake the couple up. However, when they woke up, the driver now identified as David Pangilinan originally gave them a fake name. 
  
Next, the driver started the SUV and put it into gear. 
  
Immediately, Officer Cirello attempted to stop the driver from driving away. Unfortunately, he ended up getting stuck in the vehicle. Therefore, the SUV began to drag him along as it sped away. 
  
Subsequently, Mr. Cirello was struck by another car on the road as well while the moving SUV was dragging him. 
  
Eventually, the police officer was released and thrown from the vehicle. Thus, landing on the roadway. 

What Happens Next?

So far, the driver has managed to elude arrest in Central California. Meanwhile, detectives have arrested the woman who was allegedly his passenger. 

Additionally, a judge has issued a $5 million arrest warrant for Mr. David Francis Cepeda Pangilinan, age 41, who is the main suspect who had rented the SUV early last week.  

Meanwhile, in the search for Mr. Pangilinan and his passenger, police tracked the pair to Oakhurst. Moreover, Oakhurst is a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 14 miles south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park. 

Furthermore, the police spotted Mr. Pangilinan in a sparsely populated part of town. Yet, when they tried to pull him over, “he fled and evaded apprehension,” Officer Soulard said in a news release.  

Additionally, he mentioned that as of Monday afternoon, the suspect remained “still at large and represents a danger to the public.” 

Still, El Cajon detectives as well as members from a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force took the 28-year-old Los Angeles resident Keani Flores into custody at an Oakhurst motel. 

According to police, Flores “actively participated in the assault of injured Officer Nick Cirello,”. Still, there is no explanation of her involvement has been provided. 


We at Salkow Law are wishing all the best for Officer Nick Cirello, and we hope he has speedy recovery. 


Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.

Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.

This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings. 

Call us for a free consultation at (310) 914 – 8484

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