Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

New York City paramedic killed after man steals ambulance, runs over her

New York City paramedic killed after man steals ambulance, runs over her

Arroyo, 44, left behind five boys - the youngest 7, the oldest 24 - when a career criminal with 31 prior arrests stole her ambulance and used it to mow her down in the Soundview section of the Bronx on Thursday.

A New York Fire Department (FDNY) paramedic has died after she was run over by a man driving her stolen ambulance.

Video of the scene shows Arroyo being dragged beneath the ambulance's wheels for approximately 15 feet.

Arroyo was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center, the Post reported. Her partner, Williams, was treated for minor injuries, the Daily News reports. "They certainly wanted to continue on their way to that call".

Jose Gonzalez was also charged with grand larceny and operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, authorities said Friday, according to WCBS-TV.

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An off-duty Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer and several good Samaritans apprehended the suspect when he tried to flee, authorities said. Arroyo's partner was injured as she struggled with the man inside the ambulance before the man allegedly reversed the vehicle, running over Arroyo and killing her, according to police. "My prayers go out to her and her family".

In a statement released on Facebook, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called the deadly crash a "terrible tragedy."This is a bad tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire EMS family, as well as these two individuals, their families and friends, during this hard time", he said in the statement".

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

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro added that the entire department would be there to support Arroyo's five sons and other family members as they mourn her loss. In the video posted to Twitter, she can be heard screaming in anguish as she stands over Arroyo, who is lying motionless in the street.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the MTA officer "intervened heroically and decisively".

Arroyo's brother and fellow EMT Joel Rosado says he became a medic to follow in her footsteps. "This person had no business being in this ambulance", Mr Nigro said.

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