Off-duty FDNY EMT seriously injured in hit-and-run
A driver faces multiple charges in the incident that crushed the EMS provider’s leg and caused other injuries
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — A Staten Island woman high on drugs who took her father’s car without permission has been charged with mowing down an off-duty city emergency medical technician on Staten Island, police said Friday.
Nicole Marino, 31, is facing a slew of criminal charges for the Thursday afternoon hit-and-run crash in Staten Island that left the FDNY member hospitalized with serious injuries.
Marino was driving her father’s Chevrolet Impala south on Locust Ave. near N Railroad Ave. in New Dorp about 12:30 p.m. when she struck the 29-year-old EMT as she climbed into her Mazda CX30, cops said.
The first responder was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the Impala before falling onto the asphalt, cops said. The Impala kept on going until it slammed into a parked car a short distance away.
The EMT’s leg was crushed in the crash. She also suffered severe facial injuries, cops said.
Her fellow EMS members rushed her to Staten Island University North, where she was listed in serious but stable condition Thursday night. Her name was not immediately disclosed.
“All members of FDNY EMS are pulling for our fellow EMT at this most difficult time and hoping for the most optimal outcome,” said Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS union, Local 2507. “We are here and will stand together with her family as we work through this process.”
Marino got out of the Impala, but remained at the scene, telling police that someone else was driving her car at the time of the crash.
Once they determined that she was behind the wheel, cops took Marino into custody, charging her with grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property, drug possession and other charges, police said. She was also charged for being high on drugs and driving without a license.
Her arraignment in Staten Island Criminal Court was pending Friday.
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