SOUNDVIEW, The Bronx — An emergency medical technician (EMT) has died after she was run over by a stolen ambulance in the Bronx Thursday evening, police said.
The victim was identified as Yadira Arroyo. She is a 44-year-old mother of five children and 14-year veteran of the FDNY. Arroyo is the eighth member of the FDNY EMS to die in the line of duty.
Her EMT partner, who was also struck, remains in critical condition at Jacobi Hospital.
Authorities say the two EMT workers were hit by the vehicle moments after it was stolen in the intersection of White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Bronx at around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Officials say the EMT crew were responding to a call in Soundview when they were alerted by a passing motorist to an individual riding on the back bumper. As they got out of the vehicle to investigate, the individual, later identified as a 25-year-old man, climbed into the driver’s seat.
As they struggled to pull him out, he put the vehicle in reverse and ran over one of the EMTs, killing Arroyo and injuring the second EMT.
The suspect drove the ambulance and crashed into a parked car nearby, becoming stuck in the snow bank. An MTA K-9 unit who was in the area saw the accident and pulled over and with the assistance with good Samaritans, was able to detain the suspect, who was taken into custody.
Police have not released his identity. Sources say he went to a nearby bodega asking for a loose cigarette before the incident.
Video posted on Twitter by a bystander shows the ambulance speeding across an intersection with one of its doors open and the body of one of the EMTs being dragged beneath the vehicle.
PIX11’s Myles Miller and Mary Murphy contributed to this report.