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Ohio man killed in ambulance accident

A 56-year-old man died when the ambulance that he was riding on veered off Interstate 71 South near the Route 13 exit near Mansfield on Aug. 15. Investigators say that the ambulance then crashed through a guardrail and rolled over several times after going down an embankment. The man was ejected from the ambulance and died from blunt force trauma. According to police, the 30-year-old driver of the ambulance said that she was on her phone at the time of the accident.

The woman claimed that she was using a GPS device on her phone to get an estimated time of arrival in Columbus. Investigators from the Ohio Highway Patrol took the phone and sent it to a computer crime unit to determine if the driver was texting or making a phone call at the time of the accident. Investigators were also examining the ambulance's dashboard computer to try to determine how fast the ambulance was going at the time of the crash.

The driver and another EMT, who was inside of the ambulance at the time of the crash, were treated for undisclosed injuries before being released. Community Care Ambulance issued a statement saying that they were sorry for the accident and that the company was doing everything it could to cooperate.

The family of the victim in this fatal accident may have the ability to sue both the driver of the ambulance and the ambulance company through a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury attorney may be able to help the victim's family seek compensation for medical expenses incurred before the death, final expenses and lost financial support.

Source: FOX 8, "Troopers: Ambulance driver distracted before fatal crash", Jack Shea, August 18, 2014

Source: FOX 8, "Troopers: Ambulance driver distracted before fatal crash", Jack Shea, August 18, 2014

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