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Motorcycle rider dies after colliding with ambulance in New York City

Saturday, July 26, 2014  BY 
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A motorcyclist died after he slammed into an ambulance Friday morning on the Upper East Side, police said.The 44-year-old victim was heading south on Lexington Ave. on a silver Yamaha when he collided with the driver’s side door of the ambulance, which was going eastbound on 96th St., cops and witnesses said.

The accident occurred in the middle of the intersection about 9:40 a.m. The New York-Presbyterian Hospital ambulance had its lights and sirens on and was responding to an emergency at the time, officials said.

Witness John Doherty said the motorcyclist gunned it just before the crash.

“He was moving very fast,” Doherty, 23, said of the biker. "I'm guessing he thought he could catch the light.”

The ambulance seemed to roll over the biker’s helmeted head, shocked witnesses said.

The victim was rushed to Metropolitan Hospital, where he died, cops said. His name was not immediately released.

Investigators are working to determine who had the right of way when the vehicles crashed.

Meanwhile, an 80-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car in Brooklyn.

Margherita Nanfro was crossing Rutherford Place at Bay 16th St. in Bath Beach around 12:20 p.m. when she was hit by a 37-year-old woman driving west in a 2002 Honda Civic, police said.

The driver did not face criminal charges, cops said.

bpaddock@nydailynews.com








   


 

Motorcyclist Killed in Ambulance Crash on Upper East Side - New York

Saturday, July 26, 2014  A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving an ambulance on the Upper East Side Friday morning, police say. 

The 44-year-old victim was riding his motorcycle southbound on Lexington Avenue when he was struck by an ambulance going eastbound on East 96th Street, according to police. 

The ambulance from New York Presbyterian Hospital had its lights and sirens on, police said. 

The motorcyclist was taken to Metropolitan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has not been identified.  

   


 

Ambulance, tractor-trailer in wreck on I-81 - Virginia

Saturday, July 26, 2014  By Melissa Powell melissa.powell@roanoke.com 381-8621

Interstate 81 south in Montgomery County was closed briefly Friday morning following a wreck so a Lifeguard helicopter could land.




According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred near mile marker 119 about 7:30 a.m. after report of an ambulance and tractor-trailer colliding.

Traffic was backed up about 3 miles at one point. VDOT reported at 9:36 a.m. that the wreck had been cleared. Information about injuries was not immediately available. 

   


 

SUIT ACCUSES PHILLY FD OF MALPRACTICE

Friday, July 25, 2014  The family of a pregnant Fairhill woman who died in 2012 after a fall at her parents' home sued the city Thursday, contending her death and her child's severe brain damage resulted from paramedic malpractice and defective equipment.



The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court by Eriberto Rodriguez, widower of Joanne Rodriguez; their 21-month-old son, Xavier; and maternal grandmother Daisy Morales.

"My wife should be alive today. My son should be healthy, growing, playing, laughing. We shouldn't have to be here today," Rodriguez told reporters at a news conference at the Center City offices of the law firm Mincey & Fitzpatrick.

Chief Peter Crespo, Fire Department spokesman, said he could not comment on litigation.

Rodriguez's relatives called 911 at 10:44 a.m. Oct. 1, 2012, after the 24-year-old woman, 36 to 37 weeks pregnant with her first child, fell inside the home in the 2800 block of North Ninth Street.

Paramedics arrived at 10:49 and found Rodriguez on the floor complaining that she felt weak and could not breathe.

The lawsuit says her family told paramedics Rodriguez had a history of blood clots and asthma, and was getting injections of Lovenox, an anticoagulant, to treat deep-vein clotting and reduce the chance of a fatal pulmonary embolism.

The lawsuit says paramedics entered the house without oxygen equipment and did not give Rodriguez oxygen until they got her outside on a gurney.

The suit characterizes the paramedics as callous and unprofessional, adding that they yelled at Rodriguez, "Do your part," and, "You need to sit up."

At the news conference, lawyers distributed a CD that included video from security cameras mounted outside the home that showed the paramedics' arrival and departure.

The video shows the paramedics going into the house with a collapsible "stairchair." Minutes later, the paramedics can be seen struggling to get a barely conscious Rodriguez onto a gurney. The paramedics then belt the heavy woman's torso, head, and arms, and wheel the gurney to the rear of the ambulance. The video also shows that it took both paramedics and the driver to hoist the gurney onto the deck of the ambulance.

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

In addition to the city and Fire Department, the lawsuit names as defendants the paramedics who responded to the call, April Smallwood and Lisa McCall.

Joe Schulle, president of Local 22 of the firefighters' union, released a statement calling the paramedics "both excellent medics."

"I would most certainly entrust the care of my family and friends to these two individuals," he said.

Schulle said city paramedics have been "severely overworked" for years.

The lawsuit contends that after Medic Unit 22 arrived at the hospital, its door locks jammed, and it took an extra three to four minutes to get Rodriguez out of the ambulance.

During that time, the suit says, the mother was beyond saving, and the unborn infant - delivered by Caesarean section as his mother was dying - sustained devastating brain damage.

A city investigation found two of 75 emergency vehicles with the same lock problems as Medic Unit 22, the suit alleges.

Furthermore, Smallwood and McCall were suspended for 48 hours without pay in connection with the incident in January 2013 for "conduct unbecoming" a paramedic and violating medical protocols, the suit alleges.

Royce W. Smith, the family's lawyer, told reporters that city investigators called the incident a "catastrophic failure."

"We're bringing this lawsuit for anyone who dares to call 911 and expect a confident, prompt response," Smith said.

Also sued were Trimark Corp. of New Hampton, Iowa; VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists of Berlin, Camden County; and Horton Emergency Vehicles Co. of Grove City, Ohio.

The suit says the companies are responsible for designing, building, and maintaining city emergency vehicles including Medic Unit 22.


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140725_Suit_against_Phila__paramedics_allege_malpractice.html#ZPdXiHY4wISrReM8.99



   


 

Pa. man spits blood on responders

Friday, July 25, 2014  By Kristen Doerschner
Beaver County Times

AMBRIDGE, Pa. — An Ambridge man is wanted on charges stemming from an incident in which he fought with first responders and spit blood on them while they were trying to help him, police said.

Ambridge police and medics from Economy Ambulance were called at 4:36 p.m. April 27 to the 1600 block of Beaver Road for a man who was bleeding and unconscious lying on the side of the road.

Police arrived and found the man with a crowd of people around who identified the man as Michael Jevon Boyle. The people, who said they were his relatives, told police Boyle was extremely intoxicated and was injured when he fell. However, police later learned he had been assaulted.

Boyle was still unresponsive and bleeding moderately from the mouth, according to the report.

Eventually, Boyle began to come around, got up and ran at an officer while yelling obscenities. A struggle ensued between Boyle and officers, and Boyle spit blood on the leg and arm of Patrolman John Chickos, according to the report.

Once Boyle was inside the ambulance, he continued to flail and spit, according to the report. While en route to the hospital, Boyle also threatened police and medics, according to the report.

Boyle, 22, of 811 18th St., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

A bench warrant was issued for Boyle's arrest after he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. 

   


 

EMS worker injured in June crash released from hospital Wednesday - Kentucky

Friday, July 25, 2014  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – One of the paramedics injured in an ambulance crash is expected to be released from University Hospital Wednesday.

John Johnson was seriously injured when the ambulance he was riding in was hit by a car.

The accident happened last month on Frankfort Avenue and River Road.

The other paramedic, John Morgan, will remain in the hospital. His release date is unknown.

48-year-old Christopher O’Bryan was killed in the crash. 

   


 

Ambulance strikes female in Brooklyn

Friday, July 25, 2014  BY  
 NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


An ambulance slammed into a female who was crossing a Brooklyn street Wednesday afternoon — sending her to the hospital, authorities and witnesses said."As soon as the impact hit she screamed,” said witness Arthur Shlyakman, 21.

The female, who appeared to be about 18, was rushing to get across Coney Island Ave. on Avenue X in Sheepshead Bay around noon as the "don't cross" light was blinking, he said.

At the same time, the ambulance was coming from the opposite side of Ave. X, turning right onto Coney Island Ave.

Shlyakman said the front wheels ran over her arm and leg. The confused driver didn’t seem to notice, but onlookers screamed at him to stop.

“I don't know how she ended up under the car, but he didn't even notice it because he was going to continue driving until me and a bunch of other people started screaming 'Don't move, don't move, don't move!'’ Shlyakman said. “And he tried to back up and I said, 'Stop f-----g moving!'”

An FDNY spokesman said a female was taken to Lutheran Hospital with serious injuries. He said he did not know her age.

An NYPD spokesman said the department had no information about the crash.

The vehicle with First Response Ambulance written on its side did not have lights and sirens on at the time, and was traveling about 10 mph, Shlyakman said.

A dispatcher who answered a phone at the Sea Gate business about three miles away from the crash site declined to comment. A message left for a manager wasn’t returned.

The driver was inconsolable.

"The way he reacted was like she died, because he was confused,” Shlyakman said. “He was flipping out, he was banging the car, he was holding his head like he lost her for a minute. It was crazy."









 

   


 

CFD AMBULANCE, SUV COLLIDE AT BRYN MAWR, HARLEM - Chicago

Saturday, July 19, 2014  CHICAGO --
A Chicago Fire Department ambulance was involved in a crash on the city's Far Northwest Side. 

Two people were injured and transferred to local hospitals. Their injuries are not life threatening.

The ambulance collided with an SUV just before 4 p.m. Friday. Officials have not released any details as to what led to the crash, nor said if a patient was in the ambulance. 

   


 

Gang threatens to kill Jersey City police, EMTs

Saturday, July 19, 2014  JERSEY CITY — First responders throughout New Jersey are on high alert after a gang threated to shoot more police and EMTs to avenge a Bloods member who was shot dead after he killed a rookie officer.

An internal New Jersey State Police advisory warns that members of the gang may target EMTs in an effort to draw a response from officers.  The Bloods threated to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called in,” the New York Post reports. 

“In addition to shooting a police officer, members of the BLOODS will attack and shoot Jersey City EMTs, because they know the police officers will respond immediately to their backup,” the advisory says.

The threat was made in response to the shooting of Lawrence Campbell, who shot and killed Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago in a drugstore parking lot around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Police were warned that gang members may be traveling from other states to New Jersey to carry out the threat.

The advisory was leaked when a police officer posted the alert on a Facebook page, nj.comreports. Mayor Steve Fulop said on a Geraldo Rivera’s WABC radio show that he will face disciplinary action.

"The police department gets tons of threats and 99.9 percent are not substantiated and not credible. However, we take it seriously," Fulop said.

However, Jersey City Public Safety Director Jim Shea said he believes the threat was taken out of context.

"What happened here is one member of our force put the threat out on social media,” he said, “where it was viewed by people who do not have the context to view it and judge it for what it is and they took it at face value.”

Bloods gunman Campbell killed rookie officer Santiago as he was responding to a report of an armed robbery at Walgreens. Instead of robbing the store, he lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was “going to be famous” the Associated Press reports.

Campbell, 27, shot Santiago in the head shortly after he and his partner arrived. Other officers returned fire at Campbell, killing him.  

   


 

CareFlight crash in New Mexico kills 3

Saturday, July 19, 2014  SANTA FE, N.M. — A helicopter owned by Bullhead City-based TriState CareFlight LLC crashed in eastern New Mexico early Thursday morning, killing three crew members.

The Santa Fe-based medical helicopter crashed at 2:48 a.m. in rugged, isolated terrain, New Mexico state police said.

Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter registered to TriState CareFlight was carrying a pilot and two crew members when it went down near Newkirk.

Identities of the victims have not been officially released but one was reportedly identified as Rebecca Serkey, 36, a paramedic who had been a member of the CareFlight team for two years. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The helicopter, an Agusta A109E Rotorcraft, was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari to pick up a patient when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.

“It crashed and burned,” said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. “No survivors. ... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail.”

Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn’t know what it was.

“When he got up he could see the flames,” Bidegain said.

Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed. Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the crew was well-known at the hospital.

“These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors,” the hospital said in statement. “Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said the cause of the crash wasn’t known, although the National Weather Service said there were low clouds and gusty winds in the area at the time.

“The combination ... likely led at least in part to that crash,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the NWS in Albuquerque.

The flight crew did not issue any sort of emergency call suggesting the aircraft was in trouble, Lunsford said.

John Cole, marketing director for TriState CareFlight, said that while the helicopter was based in Santa Fe he didn’t know where the crew members had their homes. He said TriState has 25 bases in four states — 12 in New Mexico, including Santa Fe.

Cole said the pilot had more than 10 years of experience flying both private and military aircraft. He said medical emergency pilots usually do not file flight plans — nor does the Federal Aviation Administration require them to — but all of TriState’s pilots are familiar with the regions in which they fly.


Cole said the helicopter was dispatched from Santa Fe because the aircraft that usually serves the Tucumcari hospital was responding to another call. Cole said a helicopter from another flight service provided transportation for the patient at Tucumcari. 

   


 

Pickup Truck Crashes Into Ambulance - Texas

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Two paramedics needed help themselves Friday morning after a pickup crashed into their ambulance.

It happened just before 1 a.m. along south RL Thornton Freeway near Beckley.

The CareFlite ambulance was traveling southbound at a normal speed without lights and sirens when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck.

The ambulance spun several times and went off the highway while the pickup crashed into the center wall.

The medics suffered minor injuries and are expected to be okay. The pickup driver was not hurt.

Dallas County sheriff's deputies took the pickup driver into custody and are investigating if he was impaired.

Southbound lanes of RL Thornton Freeway were closed for about 30 minutes for the crash investigation and cleanup. 

   


 

3 killed in N.M. medical helicopter crash

Saturday, July 19, 2014  NEWKIRK, N.M. — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.

The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.

Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.

"It crashed and burned," said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. "No survivors .... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail."

Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn't know what it was.

"When he got up he could see the flames," Bidegain said.

Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed. Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the CareFirst crew was well-known at the hospital.

"These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors," the hospital said in statement. "Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day."

The Federal Aviation Administration said the cause of the crash was unknown, although the National Weather Service said there were low clouds and gusty winds in the area at the time.

"The combination ... likely led at least in part to that crash," said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the NWS in Albuquerque.

He said there might have also been some rain as storms had moved through the area earlier.

Kansas City attorney and medical helicopter safety expert Gary Robb says the aircraft are also difficult to fly.

"Helicopters don't glide," he said. "You must pay attention every second. If you don't, they are dangerous."

He said helicopters crash at a rate 40 percent higher than small, fixed-wing aircraft. And medical helicopters crash at an ever higher rate.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Bullhead City, Arizona-based TriState CareFlight LLC owned and operated the helicopter, said company marketing director John Cole, who was traveling to the crash scene and could not immediately comment further. 

   


 

Two Hospitalized After SUVs, Ambulance Collide - Chicago

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Two people were seriously injured following an accident involving two SUVs and an ambulance Friday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Harlem and Bryn Mawr avenues.

Four people were injured in the accident. Two refused treatment at the scene and another two were transported to Loyola Hospital in serious condition. The injuries are not believed to life-threatening.

It's not clear what caused the accident.






   


 

Ambulance rolls over in Kohler - Wisconsin

Saturday, July 19, 2014  One person was seriously injured in a rollover accident involving an Orange Cross ambulance Thursday morning in Kohler.

According to information from Orange Cross Ambulance Service, the ambulance was westbound on Highway PP in Kohler about 6:55 a.m. when a vehicle headed north on county Highway A drove into its path.

The vehicles collided at the intersection.

Both paramedics were able to crawl out through the back door of the ambulance and they helped the occupant of the car until the Sheboygan Fire Department arrived.

The driver, who has not been identified, was treated at the scene by the Sheboygan Fire Department and then transported by Flight for Life to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.

One of the paramedics, Chris Berlin, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital, where he was treated and released. Paramedic Alex Kasten was uninjured.

Kohler Police Department, which is investigating the crash, hasn't released any information. The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.

Prior to the crash, the ambulance was driving to Sheboygan Falls with lights and sirens to respond to a medical emergency.

 

   


 

Two paramedics and firefighter injured in crash - Hawaii

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Two EMS paramedics and a Honolulu firefighter had to be taken to the hospital to get treated for injuries due to a crash.

Around 10:30 this morning, the three emergency responders were in an ambulance helping a patient who had a medical emergency when the ambulance crashed on the Atkinson exit-ramp at Ala Moana Center.

One paramedic was seriously injured in the crash. The other paramedic and firefighter had only minor injuries.

The patient was taken to the hospital in another ambulance.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

   


 
 
 

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