Sounview, Bronx, N.Y.
An FDNY emergency medical technician and mother of five was killed and her partner was injured in the Bronx Thursday when a man stole their ambulance and ran over one of the first responders, officials said.
EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, died at Jacobi Medical Center, where her partner, EMT Monique Williams, 31, was treated for minor injuries, sources said.
The nightmare unfolded in Soundview around 7:10 p.m. when the pair realized that a man was riding on the back bumper of their ambulance as they responded to a call about a pregnant woman, officials said.
The deranged joyrider — identified by NYPD as Jose Gonzalez — jumped off and tried to steal a backpack from a 21-year-old, sources said. The medics pulled over and tried to help.
As the emergency medical workers struggled with the man on both sides, the vehicle throttled backward — knocking Arroyo down.
“He reversed so hard and she was dragged,” Nagi said. “He ran over her and she went under the wheels.”
The long-haired madman accused of fatally mowing down an FDNY first responder with a stolen ambulance was surrounded by his victim’s uniformed colleagues as cops escorted him from a precinct house in the Bronx early Friday.
Jose Gonzalez had a black eye and a busted lip as he was led out from the 43rd police station in the predawn hours.
More than 35 EMT workers, decked out in full uniforms, had gathered outside and heckled the accused murderer as he stared at them, his face contorted in a twisted smile.
The 25-year-old Bronx man was slammed with three counts of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
This is one of the most bizarre incidents I ever read. What compels a person to joyride on the back of an ambulance on call, then hop off and mug somebody. Apparently this idiot was equally loaded and mentally ill.
EMT’s Arroyo and Williams went beyond their duties to detain this man and tragically cost the life of an upstanding and courageous citizen and mother of 5 children.
And did the vigilant area citizenry and her colleagues do a number on that lunatic. Who unfortunately clearly enjoyed it and is reveling in the notoriety he has now. A speedy and lengthy conviction and a bus ride upstate is in order. This guy cannot be rehabilitated.