Lawyer: EMT killing suspect is mentally ill

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

A man accused of stealing an ambulance and then driving it over a fire department medic, crushing her to death, told reporters he wasn't guilty. He is due in court Wednesday. Police say he jumped into the ambulance and sped off when the EMTs got out, plowing over 44-year-old Yadira Arroyo.

The DA's office said Gonzalez has a long history of misdemeanors in the Bronx, including two pending cases.

An off-duty MTA police officer who happened to be driving by subdued the suspect with the help of some passers-by, the source said.

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Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that Arroyo and Williams were alerted that a man was riding on the back bumper of their ambulance as they were responding to a call. They certainly wanted to continue on their way to the call. The EMT's partner had neck and shoulder injuries. De Blasio said her identity would not be released until all family members have been notified. "This person in turn went around the other side of the ambulance and got into the driver's side. They tried to get him out of the ambulance, he put it in reverse, he struck the one EMT who was injured, and he ran over our other EMT and she was subsequently killed".

Footage taken by a witness and posted on to social media shows her being dragged beneath the wheels of the ambulance for at least 15ft.

"It's a sad night for everybody in the department", Nigro said.

The ambulance was driving when it was flagged down by a pedestrian who was looking for help with an emotionally disturbed person acting out on the sidewalk, the source said.

"Yadi was the matriarch of the station", Lt. George Lampon said, choking back tears during a somber ceremony at Arroyo's stationhouse.

"Me and my brothers, we're all going to stick together", Montes said.

A female EMT was killed when an unknown assailant attempted to drive off with their running ambulance in Soundview.

Meanwhile, fire department announced funeral arrangements for Arroyo, a 14-year veteran of its emergency medical services.

Arroyo's family said she was a devoted mother who loved her job and provided for her family, and they were devastated.

Vincent A. Variale, the president of the EMTs' union, said the perpetrator needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.

An off-duty Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer and several good Samaritans apprehended the suspect when he tried to flee, authorities said.

All but the youngest of Arroyo's children, who range in age from 7 to 24, were able to say goodbye to her, her sister-in-law Monica Salazar told the New York Post.

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