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Driver faces homicide charge in Mass. ambulance crash

A woman who ran a stop sign and caused an ambulance rollover that killed a patient will be charged with motor-vehicle homicide

John Zaremba
Boston Herald

MILFORD, Mass. — A woman who authorities say ran a stop sign in Milford and crashed into an ambulance — triggering a rollover that killed a dialysis patient riding in back — will be charged with motor-vehicle homicide, prosecutors said.

Lisa Zemack, 61, of Framingham, will be summoned to court “at some point to be determined” on charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and operating to endanger, said Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Police say Zemack was driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan on Green Street in Milford about 11 a.m. yesterday when she ran through a stop sign and struck the rear passenger-side quarter panel of an ambulance traveling west on Route 140. The ambulance rolled over and landed on its wheels atop a guardrail.

The crash killed 58-year-old Karen Scott of Upton, who was being driven back to the nursing home where she lived in Northbridge. The state Medical Examiner’s office will determine her cause of death, and Milford police and state police continue to investigate the crash.

“We’re trying to figure out, why didn’t she see that stop sign?, Was it distracted driving?” said Milford police Sgt. John Stanchione. He said police plan to seek phone records from Zemack, who was also hospitalized.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
A paramedic riding in the back of the ambulance suffered a large bruise on his leg but has been released from the hospital, Stanchione said

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W Joseph Lacks W Joseph Lacks Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:55:42 PM homicide for an accident? i'm not a liberal, but that's extreme unless she was under the influence or texting.
Kelly Barr Kelly Barr Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:43:50 PM Its called gross neglience.
Donald Zeigler Donald Zeigler Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:58:27 PM She should be charged,
Jade Levinson Jade Levinson Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:53:22 PM Involuntary manslaughter is an accident..
Justin Routte Justin Routte Friday, January 24, 2014 8:22:22 AM "accident"..... motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and operating to endanger, after running a stop sign and KILLING SOMEONE.
W Joseph Lacks W Joseph Lacks Friday, January 24, 2014 8:56:41 AM well Justine, I just hope it doesn't happen to you. Stats say every motorist runs a stop sign or light at least 4 times in their driving career, accidentally. And I bet you are a good driver, but shit does happen. I would hate to see you get tagged with homicide. unless of course you were texting, drunk, stoned or all of the above.
Justin Routte Justin Routte Friday, January 24, 2014 9:44:25 AM Joseph, being that i've never tasted alcohol, or even tried a cigarette, let alone weed... and i'm pretty stead-fast against texting while driving, i dont see this happening. its more likely that i would be on the other side of this story, as i am an EMT, who has been hit by a motorist who was not paying attention while i was in the back of the ambulance. you seem to relate very well to the person who caused the accident... what about trying to relate to the ambulance crew, or the family of the poor Pt who perished ?
Robin Kucharski Robin Kucharski Friday, January 24, 2014 12:21:09 PM Anyone killing anyone while driving and disobeying traffic laws is in violation. PERIOD!

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