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Off-duty EMT sued for not helping man he killed in hit-and-run

Kristian Hernandez is accused of striking a pedestrian and driving away

By EMS1 Staff

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The family of a Ill. man killed in a hit-and-run in November is suing the driver, an off-duty EMT, for striking the man and not helping him.

Richard Bougan filed a lawsuit Tuesday saying his brother Ronald, 53, was hit by Kristian Hernandez, 36, while he was walking near the entrance of a forest preserve.

The suit alleges that Hernandez was speeding, wove through multiple lanes, was not keeping an eye on the road and failed to help Ronald after hitting him, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Police say Hernandez drove away from the scene. Ronald was found later by a bicyclist.

Officers were able to track down Hernandez when he brought in his car to an auto body shop.

At the time of the incident, Hernandez was an EMT and worked for a private ambulance company in a Chicago suburb.

Ronald's family is seeking in excess of $50,000.

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Jaime E Swezey Jaime E Swezey Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:26:23 AM It's most definatley not right what this EMT did but I believe in my state if you get in an accident you are not allowed to help who you injured because you caused the injury.
Janet Turner Johnson Janet Turner Johnson Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:36:36 AM this is sooo sad...I am praying for both families.....
BEARiatrics Inc. BEARiatrics Inc. Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:53:57 AM Very sad for all those involved.
Pascal Hay Pascal Hay Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:54:13 AM He hit and ran. That makes it criminal injury. Not only did he not stop and render aid he left him to die of his injuries.
Kathy Mc Govern Kathy Mc Govern Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:23:02 PM sad and wrong on many levels.
Kristi B Dahl Kristi B Dahl Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:56:05 PM i find that really hard to believe.....
Kristi B Dahl Kristi B Dahl Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:56:07 PM Well he deserves what he gets, if you hit someone and don't stop, specially being an EMT. And if you are not aloud to help (which I find highly doubtfull) you can at least stay and call 911 and wait for the ambulance and police. This is a joke!
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:15:47 PM That is just stupid. You stop if you hit someone or in anyway involved in a collision, you can help by seeing how many people you injured or killed, call 911 and tell give them the details. Since you are not going to be able to leave you can verbally comfort someone if you don't want to touch them. It would be very illegal for you not to do anything if you are involved and just run away after causing bodily harm.
Andres Pedraza Andres Pedraza Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:17:22 PM Yes, it is so much worse than just not helping. Very poorly worded headline... Obviously if he hit and ran, he didn't stop to help so that is irrelevant.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Friday, December 14, 2012 7:09:28 AM No the headline is correct since criminal and civil suits are separate. Remember OJ Simpson and both of his trials?
Dovid B. Kaplan Dovid B. Kaplan Friday, December 14, 2012 9:16:54 AM As a colleague of mine, the director of another EMS agency said at a meeting of EMS officers: "I'd rather break the law and do the morally right thing to save a patient, than follow the law to the tee and have a patient die, for not using common sense. Sometimes one has to use common sense and not follow the law rigidly. The law cannot possibly anticipate every single situation." The crowd of EMS officers broke out in applause.
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, December 14, 2012 3:47:48 PM I'd say that if it was April 1st, it was a joke. It didn't mention whether ETOH or anything else was involved. Did he even give a reason for actions/ non-actions? I'd say his life in EMS is gone.

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