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NOGALES, Ariz. - A Nogales firefighter is in critical condition Saturday after a driver ran over him with an SUV in Tucson and fled the scene.

The Nogales International reports that firefighter Sterling Lytle was taken to University Medical Center in Tucson with life-threatening injuries after he was run over in an apparent confrontation Thursday.

Lytle was off duty at the time and remains in critical condition Saturday.

Tucson police say that witnesses reported that Lytle was a passenger in a car driving down a Tucson wrote when an SUV pulled up behind the car and began flashing its lights and honking its horn.

The driver of the car Lytle was in pulled into a parking lot. When Lytle got out of the car to speak with the driver of the SUV, the driver ran him over and fled.

Lytle has been with Nogales fire since Nov. 28, 2011.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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