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Ambulance hits NY woman, pins her underneath

The EMT didn't realize he had hit the woman until onlookers screamed at him to stop

New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An ambulance slammed into a young woman as she crossed a Brooklyn street on Wednesday afternoon, leaving her underneath the vehicle, authorities and witnesses said.

Witness Arthur Shlyakman, 21, said the victim, whom he estimated to be about 18, screamed as the ambulance struck her.

She was on Avenue X in Sheepshead Bay and rushing to make it across Coney Island Ave. as the “Don’t Cross” light was flashing, he said. At the same time, the ambulance was coming from the opposite side of Avenue X, turning right onto Coney Island Ave.

Read full storyYoung woman struck by ambulance on Coney Island Ave. in Sheepshead Bay 

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Danielle Quinlin Danielle Quinlin Friday, July 25, 2014 11:28:56 AM On my first shift as a Paramedic in Oakland, someone ran out in front of me. I almost hit him. I feel this EMTs pain!
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Friday, July 25, 2014 11:46:52 AM putting blame aside, this goes to show road safety should be a priority and not ignored, anything can happen on the road
Mike Weller Mike Weller Friday, July 25, 2014 11:50:46 AM It sucks that this happened, and unfortunately the EMT will probably get hell because of due regard
Cinzia Fiori Cinzia Fiori Friday, July 25, 2014 11:52:12 AM Unfortunately, there are things that can happen in the emergency service where I work, in Italy, it happened once, we were in an emergency with flashing lights and audible devices ....
Henry Deery Henry Deery Friday, July 25, 2014 12:05:06 PM I am a new ambulance driver.Nearly a year now.Even I can't help the feeling that this is somehow worse than a civilian car accident.I know the victim is suffering terribly,and I know the EMT is suffering too.An ambulance accident really is our worst nightmare.
Aaron Cantrell Aaron Cantrell Friday, July 25, 2014 12:40:28 PM Dude. You're not an ambulance driver. You are a medical professional. Don't fall to the level of the uneducated public and refer to yourself as an unprofessional driver. Ambulance driver is considered by everyone in Kentucky as a derogatory statement.
George Trager George Trager Friday, July 25, 2014 1:01:25 PM Has anyone here in their respective departments implimented "Vision Zero"? Im a Lieutenant Paramedic in the FDNY/EMS and recently all members started getting called back to the academy for an 8 hr class on Vision Zero .I went Wednesday. I think it will change EMS as a whole if adopted by the entire nation in a positive way. Quickly..what I took from it was reiteration of the saying..ME,WE..THEM and slow the hell down. If anyone gets a chance please google it and tell me how they feel.
Joseph Reekie Joseph Reekie Friday, July 25, 2014 1:07:41 PM I believe this was a private ambulance, I wonder how much driver training the company provides.
Barbra Johnson-Boyd Barbra Johnson-Boyd Friday, July 25, 2014 2:45:13 PM Aaron Cantrell he might be an ambulance driver !! There is a company here in Tn that hires just drivers !!!! they are not EMT's or paramedics... in fact they have no training, they are just a driver !!
Jesse Bell Jesse Bell Friday, July 25, 2014 2:49:29 PM Barbra Johnson-Boyd According to his job title, he is an EMT.
Clifford Strout Clifford Strout Friday, July 25, 2014 3:20:48 PM People that operate taxis are just drivers. People who operate ambulances are not just drivers.
Danielle Quinlin Danielle Quinlin Friday, July 25, 2014 3:31:05 PM Check out San Francisco Fire's collision record lately? Not good and they are a public agency; and they get plenty of training!
Logan LaFountain Logan LaFountain Friday, July 25, 2014 3:33:22 PM Who would be at fault she crossed when the signal said not to. So it's her fault but who would get the blame?
John Usry John Usry Friday, July 25, 2014 4:36:09 PM Im all about SLOW THE HELL DOWN. I am an engineer on a large FD abd catch hell on occasion for not being agressive as I drive. My goal is no one killed or hurt and I get to keep my pension when I retire. Unless the politicians have their way which is a topic for another occasion. Be safe out there Brothers and Sisters
Dawn Karges-Kiernan Dawn Karges-Kiernan Friday, July 25, 2014 6:49:10 PM Sounds like a great plan, I hope it goes nation wide. As an AEMT in the midwest, we loose way too many to stupid decisions and choices behind the wheel. Best of luck to you and NYC- Be well...Love, Wisconsin.
Julie Etheridge Corley Julie Etheridge Corley Friday, July 25, 2014 6:55:46 PM Did some of you read the same story I did. People say he needed to slow down, but witnesses stated that he was going slow. This is a terrible tragedy that this EMT will not forget. The one who needed to slow down was the victim. She was the one in a hurry and walking against the light. Nothing can change what happened. Society as a whole needs to slow down.
Joseph Reekie Joseph Reekie Friday, July 25, 2014 9:38:15 PM Danielle Quinlin I work for one of the nations largest private providers and have received very little training from them. My previous employer (bought out by current) trained frequently and ran a program called drive safe. it was like a black box that rated speed, lights & sirens on or off. g forces applied to vehicle on turns and stops and how far the vehicle leaned on curves. You keyed into it before you could start the vehicle. People who were rated safe by the box were rewarded and those who failed were retrained. The new company has just started installing drive cams, but camera's don't replace training.
Joseph Larson Joseph Larson Friday, July 25, 2014 10:51:34 PM I had to take a CEVO course, which included an obstacle course, as part of pre reqs for paramedic school, I am not in it yet, but its part of the EMS track at our local college. Also years of driving tells you to pay attention. I think the problem is younger folks become EMTs and medics and don't really have the life experience and make mistakes like this. On the other hand even old people just make unwise choices. I change partners a lot and when we are driving without a pt in the back we always clear each others right side before turning or changing lanes because here in Portland, people just walk out in front of you or try to pass an ambulance just to get out of the way. Also, as a medical professional that goes through all this training to save lives ends up hurting someone, that can really mess with you, that is a main reason I gave up my concealed carry permit.
Homer Rose III Homer Rose III Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:29:30 AM Dumb ass.....don't fault EMS!
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:16:50 PM Joseph Reekie RoadSafe was the name. When used properly it is a good system.
Chris Lixfield Chris Lixfield Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:35:07 PM I'm an EMT for 16 years, and a paramedic in NYC for almost 9 of those. I still refer to myself as an ambulance driver. I think a lot of people take appointments just a little bit too seriously. Who cares about a title?
Chris Lixfield Chris Lixfield Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:39:05 PM *take themselves too seriously. Damned autocorrect
Alicia Teresa Alicia Teresa Sunday, July 27, 2014 5:50:46 AM we have the same course in Alberta (Canada), its called EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course). It is completely invaluable. teaches you a great deal about driving and how to maneuver. although we don't have as big of a problem of people jumping in front of ambulance.
Alicia Teresa Alicia Teresa Sunday, July 27, 2014 5:55:58 AM its about respect, and education for the general public. I don't know about you guys south of the border, but in Canada, we get paid a lot, but no one has any idea what we do. They refer to this archaic title that began when we really were just drivers and put people in the back of some pick up. Doctor's believe we are a taxi service to return their patients home, and nurses treat us like crap because they have NO idea what our job entails. So its not just people getting worked up about a title, its about respect, and teaching the public and other health care professionals about what we do, and seeing us in a different light, other than just being a big taxi service.

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