July 18, 2019

** South Carolina man, whose drunk driving resulted in female paramedic’s leg amputation, gets suspended jail time for 2016 crash


** A South Carolina man from Florence County has been sentenced to suspended jail time for hitting an on-duty paramedic three years ago who later had to have part of her leg amputated. That is the word from WPDE (ABC 15/Tonya Brown/April 16) which said Jodi Heglar was given 15 years suspended if he serves 14 months and five years of probation. According to the news site, Heglar pleaded guilty to being drunk when his pickup truck crashed into the ambulance carrying Tessie Odom Smith on March 9, 2016. Doctors amputated Odom’s leg above the right knew following the accident, leaving her in intensive care for 22 days. Her partner, meanwhile, was treated and released from hospital. Following the smash, EMS and fire colleagues held several fundraisers to help Smith with medical costs. They also used some of the funds to build her a more accessible home.


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