A Madison County ambulance T-boned a sedan Thursday morning, killing a woman and hospitalizing her two small children, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver, Monica Lopez-Gayosso, 24, pulled out of a Northwest Pickle Lane driveway “in front of the ambulance,” which had its lights and sirens engaged as it was heading to an emergency call, a news release said.
As her black car backed into the roadway just after 8 a.m., the ambulance smashed into the driver side, engaging airbags and pushing it off the road.
Lopez-Gayosso was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
Also in the car was Lopez-Gayosso’s 4-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, said Florida Highway Patrol Master Cpl. Patricia Jefferson-Shaw.
The son was immediately taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with minor injuries, and the daughter was later driven to the hospital by her father.
At the time of the crash, both children were in car seats and Lopez-Gayosso was wearing her seatbelt, Jefferson-Shaw said.
The three-person ambulance crew was uninjured, the release said.
“We haven’t had any cases, that I can recall, dealing with ambulances and a fatality,” said Jefferson-Shaw, who covers Taylor, Madison and Jefferson Counties. “This is rare.”
The accident happened before the start of the Madison County Central School day, where Lopez-Gayosso’s daughter attends pre-kindergarten.
“Monica was an amazing mother,” Cheryl Howard, a teacher at Madison County Central, wrote on Facebook. “I have her daughter in my class and spoke to her almost everyday. She will be so missed.”