October 17, 2017

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

** Ohio police ID volunteer medic killed in Saturday crash

** South African paramedic dead after collision with car

UNITED STATES NEWS

** Ohio police in Hardin County have identified a volunteer EMT killed Saturday in an ambulance/car crash as Krista McDonald. The Examiner (October 16) said McDonald, who was also a Bellefontaine Police Department dispatcher, died around 9:30 a.m. when a car ran a stop sign. According to the newspaper, the collision resulted in the EMS unit toppling onto its side. Both McDonald and her partner Peggy Eastman were ejected from the rig upon impact. Eastman was medevaced to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center after suffering life threatening injuries. The ambulance was returning from a call and was not loaded with a patient at the time. Funeral services for McDonald are pending.

SOUTH AFRICA NEWS

** A Johannesburg paramedic is dead after a Friday night crash with a car. That is the word from Eyewitness News (October 15) which said Emer-G-Med practitioner Jacqueline Coetzee died in Centurion along with the passenger in the other vehicle. The EMS unit was responding to a Pretoria MVA at the time. Two other paramedics remain in hospital in critical condition. There is no word on how the accident happened or who was at fault.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

** Ohio EMT dies after ambulance/car accident

UNITED STATES NEWS

** An Ohio EMT from Hardin County is dead after a Saturday crash at an intersection in which a driver ran a stop sign. 10TV (October 15) said the medic, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene. According to the news service, a second EMT was medevaced to University Wexner Medical Center in life threatening condition. The ambulance, which was en route to a call around 9:25 p.m., was not carrying a patient. A passenger in the car, meanwhile, was also air lifted to Wexner, while the car’s driver and another passenger were taken to Lima Memorial Hospital. There is no word on whether or not charges are pending against the car driver.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

** South African paramedic dies following storm response

SOUTH AFRICA NEWS

**  A South African paramedic from Durban is dead after the ambulance he was riding in overturned during a storm Tuesday. That is the word from The Highway Mail (October 13) which said ER24 Highway paramedic Vicky Govender was severely injured while responding to an accident scene on the N2. According to the newspaper, the EMS unit aquaplaned while passing a flooded section of road. It then rolled several times. Following many surgeries, Govender died early Friday. His partner, Tracey Bederson, meanwhile remains in hospital recovering from a fractured arm. She is in stable condition. Govender, who worked for the ambulance service for 15 years, leaves a wife and two children behind. Funeral services are pending.

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