New York authorities recently reported that an emergency medical technician lost her life in a hit-and-run incident which took place on Thursday, at approximately 7 am. According to the preliminary investigations, it appears that the ambulance was stolen by a deranged individual who was actually riding it on the back. The EMT’s partner was not harmed during the accident, but he’s currently receiving treatment for emotional shock.
According to the Bronx law enforcement officers, the freak incident which claimed the life of a 44-year-old emergency medical technician happened on Thursday, at around 7 am. Yadiro Arroyo and her partner were just about to return to the hospital when they were alerted by someone that an individual was riding on the back of the ambulance.
Alarmed by the report, Arroyo stopped the vehicle and went to the back of the ambulance to verify the validity of the report. Now, according to the authorities, as soon as the EMT reached the back of the ambulance, the individual ran to the front and jumped into the vehicle. Seeing the deranged individual trying to get away with the car, the EMT went up front and tried to get him out of the ambulance.
The suspect hit the gas brake while struggling with Arroyo. During their fight, the EMT lost balance and was caught between the wheels of the moving ambulance. The blood-curling event was caught on tape, by a bystander who saw the ambulance rolling down a crowded intersection, with the EMT’s body still attached to the wheels.
According to eyewitness accounts, shortly after the individual taped the incident and posted it on Twitter, a K-9 unit patrolling the area managed to stop the vehicle and to subdue the individual. At this point, it’s still too early to tell why the person wanted to hijack the New York ambulance.
Unfortunately, due to the extent of her injuries, the 44-year-old emergency medical technician could not be saved. The EMT’s partner was not harmed during the event, but, according to Bronx authorities, he’s currently received treatment for emotional shock.
Since this is an on-going investigation, the New York authorities refused to disclose any information pertaining to the individual’s identity. As far as the investigators could tell, the person responsible for the EMT’s death must have ridden on the back of the ambulance for some time before Arroyo stopped to investigate.
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