DENVER – The widower and children of a woman who jumped to her death from a moving ambulance on Interstate 25 has filed a lawsuit accusing the ambulance company of negligence.
Mellissa Watkins, 36, of Aurora, died July 8. A crew from Action Care Ambulance Inc. was transporting Watkins from a hospital in Parker to a hospital in Louisville when she jumped, Greenwood Village police have said.
No cars struck her, but she died later at a hospital in Englewood.
Bill Wallace, vice president of Action Care, declined to comment today, citing the pending litigation.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court said Action Care had received hospital records indicating Watkins had attempted suicide in the past 24 hours and had a history of suicide attempts.
The lawsuit also said shoulder harnesses were not used to restrain Watkins, and the rear door of the ambulance was unlocked, unlike other ambulances that Action Care used that had automaticanly locking back doors.