Marjorie Bottorff, 52, was on the way to the hospital Friday in an ambulance with her husband after suffering a stroke when the medic unit was hit head-on in Clear Creek Township, injuring a total of five people.
Her husband, Dale Bottorff, was sitting in the front seat of the ambulance and watched it all unfold.
“What can you say, it just came from nowhere,” Dale Bottorff said.
Dale Bottorff says he is still shaken up, and he is working to come to grips with what happened.
“It’s just unbelievable.I mean, the circumstances are just unbelievable.Who gets into an ambulance and thinks you are going to have a wreck? That’s supposed to be your life support, not your demise,” he said.
Dale Bottorff came away from the crash with only a few bruises.His wife’s spine was fractured in the wreck, on top of the stroke she suffered.Their son, Nick Bottorfff, 17, only found out about this frightening wreck when he beat the ambulance to the hospital.
“Obviously panicking a little bit, didn’t really expect anything like that. Like what’s the chance of that happening?” Nick Bottorff said.
Investigators say Jesse Jones, 21, of Lebanon, Ohio, hit the ambulance head-on. He attempted to go around another vehicle that was yielding to the lights and sirens.
“Why would you go around a car?He’s in a four wheel drive vehicle that’s tall enough to see around the car,” Dale Bottorff said.
Margie Bottorff is still sedated at the hospital and has no idea about the wild ride she had. Her family hopes the driver responsible for the wreck is held responsible.
“He deserves punishment. I hope he gets what’s coming to him,” Nick Bottorf said.
Two Lebanon paramedics were also injured in the crash.One of them remains in the hospital Saturday night. The crash is under investigation.
Jones was also injured in the wreck.At this time, WLWT does not have an update on his condition.