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EMT killed in NJ ambulance crash

Keith Chipepo died when a Chrysler Pacifica that was apparently being pursued by police slammed in his ambulance

By EMS1 Staff

NEWARK, N.J. — An EMT was killed Monday in a crash believed to have stemmed from a police chase, according to reports.

Keith Chipepo, 30, died when a Chrysler Pacifica that was apparently being pursued by police slammed into a private ambulance in which he was travelling, CBS2 reported.

The impact caused a chain reaction, with the ambulance then smashing into a food distribution truck and an Essex County transportation bus.

"The man who was in the back of the ambulance, he flew out the ambulance," an eyewitness told the station. "It looked like something that came off a movie or something. It was really crazy."

Chipepo was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark, where three other injured people were also taken, the report said.

They included the 26-year-old who was driving the ambulance, a 57-year-old woman, and a 34-year-old man who was driving the food truck.

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Joyce M. Fansler Joyce M. Fansler Tuesday, November 20, 2012 8:11:05 AM My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.
Nancy Lee Tolbert Nancy Lee Tolbert Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:14:12 AM Its sad, Rest well Hero....
Kurtis McKemmie Kurtis McKemmie Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:51:01 AM wow, that's crazy looking at the tipped over ambulance. Hope no one was in the ambulance. ;(
Ann Fisher Ann Fisher Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:06:21 PM that's aweful get hurt trying to get outta the way of police and with someone in the ambulance too. My heart goes out to the families of the three people that died and my prayers for those whom were injured.
Frank Sanges Frank Sanges Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00:24 PM R.I.P fellow brother of EMS... its times like these that make us wonder. Are we safe at all?? Is doing the right thing really the right thing?? Smh... hope all recover, except that slimeball that caused this... rot in a jail cell for life you asshole!!
Andrew T. Caruso Andrew T. Caruso Wednesday, November 21, 2012 6:31:21 PM Arrangements as of this writing are as follows. EMT Keith Chipepo's viewing and funeral services will occur on Monday November 26th, 2012 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Funeral services will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Discussions are in progress with the family as to whether this will be a public or private funeral. Please check back here. We will post any new information as it becomes available. The viewing will be held at Woody Home for Services located at 163 Oakwood Ave. in Orange, NJ 07050. Attention EMS agencies - The point of contact (POC) for any questions regarding personnel, staging, apparatus etc... will be Terry Hoben of UHEMS. The contact number is 973.972.7778.
Storm Earthwindfire Storm Earthwindfire Thursday, November 22, 2012 6:57:19 AM so sad.. prayers for all the familys.

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