THE BRONX — A woman who was unloading a patient from an ambulette was killed Wednesday when the vehicle rolled over her, police say.
A 911 call was made about 10:45 a.m. about a pedestrian struck on East 229th Street near Carpenter Avenue, police said.
When officers arrived, they found Irene Espinal-Jiminian, 30s, laying on the pavement with head trauma. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Police say Espinal-Jiminian walked around to the driver’s side of the van in order to reposition the vehicle when she put it in reverse, fell out onto the pavement and was run over by the front driver side wheel.
The vehicle came to stop after hitting a parked vehicle.
The NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.
The company Espinal-Jiminian worked for -- The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD) -- released the following statement about her death:
"We are devastated to learn of the death of a cherished and valued member of our IAHD family. This is a Terrible tragedy. Our Heartfelt condolences go out to Irene's family as we await the results of a police investigation."
She had worked with the company for less than a year and was a direct support professional.