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New York City EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, killed when struck by stolen ambulance, and Jose Gonzalez, 25, facing charges in collision in the Bronx, New York

Modified Date: 
Sat, 03/18/2017 - 8:31am
Accident Date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Latest: Man claims innocence in ambulance driver's death

An emergency medical technician and mother of five is dead after she was run over by her own ambulance that had just been stolen.

Police say 44-year-old Yadira Arroyo and another EMT were in the process of responding to a call Thursday night in the Bronx when they were alerted that a man was riding on the back of their ambulance.

FDNY mourns loss of Yadira Arroyo, mother and EMT veteran, who was run over by her own ambulance

Arroyo, 44, is the eighth member of the FDNY EMS to die in the line of duty. She was a mother to five children, the fire department said.

New York man charged with murder after EMT killed by ambulance

Jose Gonzalez was charged Friday afternoon with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Latest: Lawyer: EMT killing suspect is mentally ill

The NYPD said Friday that 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez of the Bronx faces charges including murder. No immediate information was available on an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Killed EMT, a Mother of 5, Was 'So Dedicated, So Selfless'

Arroyo, known affectionately as Yadi, was so uniquely selfless and compassionate that she was the matriarch of her EMS station, her supervisor said. 

"She was not only a mother to five, she was a mother to the 100-plus people who worked here," said Lt. George Lampon, choking back tears.

People Involved: 
Jose Gonzalez
Yadira Arroyo

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