A 36-year-old ambulance driver has been charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide following an accident on December 10, which killed the other driver involved. According to News Channel 4, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) paramedic was responding to a priority 2 call with lights and sirens on when he collided with a van at the intersection of N.W. 10th St. and May Ave.
Affidavits show that the ambulance was approaching traffic congestion at a higher speed than previously believed–83 MPH in a 40 MPH zone–when the driver chose to go across the double yellow centerlines and pass eastbound traffic in the westbound lanes. As this was happening, the victim made a legal left turn into a driveway and into the path of the ambulance where the two collided. The victim died a short time after the crash.
While attorneys for the paramedic are firmly standing by the statement that the man responded properly and followed all procedures and protocols in response to the call, the paramedics driving history may hurt his case. In 2002, the man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, open container, speeding, and unsafe lane changes.
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