Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
U.S. | By Wayne Curry

New York EMT killed when man runs over her with ambulance

New York EMT killed when man runs over her with ambulance

A NY man was charged with murder Friday after authorities say he hijacked an ambulance and ran over and killed an emergency medical technician Thursday evening. As he was escorted by police from the 43rd Precinct early Friday morning, Gonzalez muttered to himself with EMTs silently watching him being put into a waiting police cruiser.

Gonzales was charged with first-degree murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs.

Jose Gonzalez, 25, the man accused of stealing an FDNY ambulance and deliberately killing an EMT by running her over with the ambulance was held without bail yesterday. Arroyo, 44, got out to check and Gonzalez hopped into the idling ambulance, police said.

Both Arroyo and the EMT exited the ambulance, Nigro said. The EMT grabbed onto the ambulance as it sped away and was dragged, then run over.

The ambulance then crashed into several parked cars before it came to a halt on a snowbank.

A passing MTA police officer witnessed the crash and immediately pulled over and subdued the suspect with the help of bystanders, authorities said.

The 14-year department veteran taught Edgar "how to be tough, and also how to make other people smile", he said.

Overnight, her brothers and sisters of the FDNY saluted as Arroyo's body was removed from Jacobi Medical Center, where hours before they rushed to be with her. Nigro said she was the eighth emergency medical services member to die in the line of duty.

"Saving lives and caring for New Yorkers was her calling", the NYPD said in a tweet.

NY mayor Bill de Blasio said: "I want to thank those good Samaritans who helped apprehend the perpetrator".

At the courthouse where Gonzalez was arraigned, Vincent A. Variale, the president of the EMTs' union, said she was more than just an emergency responder.

Arroyo's distraught fellow medic screamed, "My partner, my partner", before charging at the handcuffed carjacker and allegedly trying to kick him in the head.

"They were acting very courageous", FDNY Chief Daniel Nigro said when praising the actions of both medics.

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that the mayor was headed to the hospital.

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