Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Suspect faces murder charges in hit-and-run death of EMT in the Bronx

Police are seen at a Bronx intersection where two EMTs were struck by their ambulance Police are seen at a Bronx intersection where two EMTs were struck by their ambulance
Saul Franklin | 19 March, 2017, 00:11

The EMT who was killed in the Bronx Thursday night when a man took control of her ambulance and ran her over has been identified as Yadira Arroyo.

Arroyo and her partner were driving the ambulance Thursday night when they were alerted that a man was hanging onto their rear bumper.

"The vehicle ran over her, and you could see it hop", said music producer SwavyJayBeats, who was being driven home when he started videotaping the runaway ambulance.

The FDNY medic was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where she was nearly immediately pronounced dead.

Arroyo's partner, EMT Monique Williams was treated for minor injuries.

Arroyo tried to stop him, clinging to the side of the ambulance as the 25-year-old man floored the gas pedal, backed into her then dragged her 8 to 10 feet forward, according to witnesses. He has a history of violent and erratic behavior with police, they said.

"The foundation encourages all to support our effort to give the children the life their loving mother envisioned for them", Tunnel to Towers said in a statement.

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An on-duty MTA K9 officer, Dan McCade, was driving by the scene and helped apprehend the suspect, tackling him to the ground and out of the ambulance with the help of people on the street, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Joel Rosado said, "She just saw the school down the block and she went for it".

A Bronx man was charged with murder early on Friday morning, hours after he allegedly killed an NYC emergency medical technician with her own ambulance.

Gonzalez was captured moments later by a passing transit police officer and a bystander after the ambulance hit several parked cars and got stuck on a snowbank, authorities said.

The victim is the 8th FDNY EMT and the third woman to die in the line of duty, Nigro said. "They were acting very bravely; they certainly wanted to continue on their way to the call".

"EMTs are heroes who help countless New Yorkers every day". "Whatever may have happened here, none of his actions were intentional", Fontier said, calling Arroyo's death a tragedy for both the EMT's family's and the suspect's.

Arroyo was the matriarch of her station, Lt. George Lampon said, according to CNN affiliate WCBS. She was a mother to five children, the fire department said.

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