He was setting up flares near the incident to help direct traffic. While he was walking back to his patrol car, another driver passed and hit Newsom’s patrol car, which then hit him.

Newsom’s undergone nearly two dozen surgeries. He incurred a traumatic brain injury, heart problems and other ailments. He lives with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The slick roads and winter weather are a reminder to drive slowly, especially around the scenes of crashes.