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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A change in Oklahoma state law may take place in regards to emergency vehicle driver safety after a recent accident involving an ambulance and a minivan. According to KOCO News, an Oklahoma City man was killed when an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) ambulance hit his van at the intersection of Northwest 10th and May Avenue.
The man was passing through the intersection with a green light as an ambulance smashed into the side of his vehicle. The impact sent the car skidding nearly 75-feet across the asphalt before hitting a light pole.
Witnesses told investigating officers that the ambulance only had its lights on, and not it’s siren, as it blew through the intersection and T-boned the man’s car; however, an EMSA investigation determined that both lights and sirens were on at the time of the crash.
State law does not require an emergency vehicle to use any light, sirens, or a combination of both when responding to an emergency.
State Representative Doug Cox says he will introduce legislation next session that will require ambulances and other emergency vehicles to use both lights and sirens when responding to calls.
The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers support the push for better laws regulating emergency vehicle driver safety when going to or coming from a call or emergency situation. If you have been injured in an emergency vehicle accident at no fault of your own, contact an attorney today.