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EMT Dies after being Struck by Stolen Ambulance in NYC

CBS 2 - March 17, 2017

by CBS Local

NEW YORK -- An emergency medical technician in New York City was killed after being run over by her own ambulance after it was stolen late Thursday, CBS New York reports.

Authorities say the EMT had stopped her ambulance in the Bronx at around 7 p.m. Thursday after being told someone was being robbed.

Police say a man then jumped into the vehicle and drove off. The suspect is a 25-year-old man, NYPD Commisisoner James O’Neill said.

The EMT tried to stop the man, but fell and was caught beneath the wheels.

Video posted on Twitter by a bystander shows the ambulance speeding across an intersection with the EMT’s body pinned beneath it.

In a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the woman who died was a 14-year veteran of the FDNY and a mother of five children. Her name is not being released at this time pending notification of her family.

The EMT tried to stop the man, but fell and was caught beneath the wheels.

Video posted on Twitter by a bystander shows the ambulance speeding across an intersection with the EMT’s body pinned beneath it.

Police say a second EMT is being treated for emotional shock, but was not physically injured.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene after he crashed the ambulance about 100 yards from where it was taken, sources told CBS New York.