Man Charged With Murder After Stealing Ambulance, Running Over EMT Responder

The emergency respondent Yadira Arroyo died in the bizarre carjacking.

By Jaime Lutz

A New York City man was arrested on charges that he stole an ambulance Thursday and ran over a fire department EMT, killing her, People reported.

Jose Gonzalez, 25, was charged with murder, grand larceny, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs for seizing an ambulance driven by Yadira Arroyo, 44—and using the emergency vehicle to strike and kill her.

Arroyo—a mother of five and the eighth member of the FDNY EMS to die in the line of duty—had been responding to a 911 call in the Bronx when Gonzalez flagged her ambulance over.

When she and her partner pulled over to help Gonzalez and stepped out of the truck, he allegedly climbed into the driver’s seat and put the vehicle into reverse, striking Arroyo and two occupied cars.

After Gonzalez was subdued by an off-duty transportation officer, Arroyo was transported to a nearby hospital, where she died. Her partner suffered a minor injury during the altercation.

Arroyo had worked for the FDNY for 14 years, according to a tweet by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We lost a 14-year veteran of the FDNY tonight,” de Blasio tweeted. “She was an EMT and a mother of five. New Yorkers join together in mourning her loss.”

[Image: FDNY]

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