A woman died and 4 others suffered personal injury after a car crashed into an ambulance. The accident occurred last Friday morning around 6:30 am in Westerleigh, Staten Island, NYC.
The pedestrian was first injured after being struck by a car as she was stepping out of her home
35 year old, Maria Martinez, a mother of two children had just stepped out of her home and was walking to the bus stop when she was struck by a car while crossing Jewett Avenue. The car was a Dodge charger and the driver remained at the location of the accident and was questioned by the police. So far he has not been charged. When the emergency team arrived with the ambulance at the location of the accident, they found the victim in critical condition. Paramedics quickly got her in the ambulance they were driving down Maine Avenue in the wrong way in an attempt to reach the hospital faster and save Maria’s life. Ambulances are authorized to do so when the life of someone is endangered.
She suffered more injury as her ambulance was struck by another car right down the street
As the ambulance crossed the intersection of Jewett Avenue and Main Avenue. it was T-boned by the driver of a Jeep. The impact was so intense that the ambulance rolled over and landed on its side. Another ambulance had to be called to the rescue.
The young mother was still alive and rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately she did not survive her injuries. 3 EMS members were also injured in the accident and transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the jeep was also injured and also transported to the hospital. He is expected to survive.
Maria Martinez leaves behind her two daughters aged 2 and 5 year old and a heartbroken husband.
Picture of the location of the crash: courtesy of Google Map