EMS provider charged with manslaughter in crash that killed patient

Matthew Erickson was driving an ambulance in August 2017 when he veered off an interstate and flipped the rig several times

By EMS1 Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — An EMS provider has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a crash that killed a patient in 2017.

KOCO.com reported that EMS provider Matthew Erickson was driving an ambulance in August 2017 when he veered off Interstate 44 and flipped the rig several times. A patient, 66-year-old Carolyn Koch, and a paramedic were ejected from the vehicle.

Koch later died and the paramedic suffered serious injuries. Erickson was not injured, according to the report.

The ambulance, according to court documents, was going 90 mph before the crash. Blood tests later showed that Erickson had anxiety and pain medications in his system, which court documents say could have contributed to drowsiness and impaired driving.

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