FDNY EMT Killed, Another Injured after Being Run Over by Stolen Ambulance in the Bronx

WPIX - March 17, 2017

by ANDREA CAVALLIER AND AYANA HARRY

SOUNDVIEW, The Bronx — Police say an emergency medical technician (EMT) in the Bronx has died after she was run over by a stolen ambulance Thursday evening.

In a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not identified the deceased by name pending family notification, but said she was a 44-year-old mother of five children and a 14-year veteran of the FDNY.

Her EMT partner, who was also struck, remains in critical condition at Jacobi Hospital.

Authorities say the two EMT workers were hit by the vehicle moments after it was stolen in the intersection of White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Bronx at around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say the EMT crew were responding to a call in Soundview when they were alerted by a passing motorist to an individual riding on the back bumper. As they got out of the vehicle to investigate, the individual, later identified as a 25-year-old man, climbed into the driver's seat.

As they struggled to pull him out, he put the vehicle in reverse and ran over one of the EMTs, killing her and injuring the second EMT.

The suspect drives the ambulance and crashes into a parked car nearby, becoming stuck in the snow bank. An MTA K-9 unit who was in the area saw the accident and pulled over and with the assistance with good Samaritans, was able to detain the suspect, who was taken into custody.

Police have not released his identity.

PIX11's Myles Miller and Mary Murphy contributed to this report.