Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A 22 year old Warsaw man who crashed head-on into a Gallatin County ambulance on Tuesday is now in serious condition but is not yet facing charges in the crash. A dialysis patient, being taken by the ambulance to an area clinic for treatment, was killed and two paramedics suffered injuries.
The crash happened on Tuesday morning near Glencoe.
Officials tell Local 12 that the ambulance was on a non-emergency run-without lights and sirens-going south on US 127 near Tapering Point Road around 10 a.m. The ambulance was taking the dialysis patient, identified as 59 year old John Little of Dry Ridge, to Florence.
Officers say a Jeep Cherokee, whose driver was allegedly fleeing the scene of a previous accident, came at the ambulance from the opposite direction and hit it head-on at "highway speed." The ambulance ended up resting upside down. Little later died at the hospital.
The paramedic driving the ambulance tried to pull off the two-lane road but could not avoid being hit head-on by the jeep SUV.
Kentucky state police identify the jeep driver as 22-year old Hunter LeGrand of Warsaw. "At this time, preliminary investigation indicates drugs were involved."
A few minutes before hitting the ambulance, police say Legrand drove his car off of Johnson Road, a few miles away. He then knocked down a utility line connector and actually knocked some wires down. Kentucky Tpr. Brad Aterburn says, "The Gallatin County dispatcher had received a previous call of reckless driving. The driver had hit a telephone pole and a mailbox on a different road. He was well across the center line on this road. I'm not sure if speed was a factor, though."
LeGrand had to be pried out of his vehicle, which took more than 20 minutes. He and the EMT in the back of the ambulance-identified as 25-year-old David Waltz of Carrollton-were taken by helicopter to University Hospital. The EMT driving, 21-year-old Justin Shields of Ghent, was taken by ambulance.
The medical conditions of Waltz and Shields have not been released by police.
Charges against LeGrand are expected, but they have not been filed yet. Kentucky State Police say they are awaiting the results of drug tests.