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19-year-old driver charged in deadly crash with AMR ambulance

Berkeley Brean
Created: June 17, 2021 06:38 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police charged the driver of the car that, police say, pulled into the path of an AMR ambulance with its lights flashing early Thursday morning.

19-year-old Jamila Evans is charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter. Evans will be arraigned in City Court Friday morning. 

Police say one of the three women in the car was killed by the impact. Her name was Autumn Johnson, 23.

A third person in the car is at Strong Hospital with serious injuries. 

AMR says its two crew members were not seriously hurt. There was no patient in the ambulance at the time of the crash. 

News10NBC found multiple videos of the crash. 

In one video from a security camera at a restaurant on Goodman, you can see one car turn left from Central Park onto Goodman and you can start to see the glow of the ambulance lights in the distance. 

The video shows the flashing red light facing Central Park traffic. About a second later, another car pulls out into the path of the ambulance. The ambulance swerves to the left. The impact is violent. Viewer discretion is advised.

Two minutes after the crash, a car pulls over to the side of Goodman. The driver gets out and walks towards the car and ambulance. 
Radio calls tell us an off-duty police officer was one of the first people at the scene. 

"I'm checking. I don't have my portable with me. I'm off-duty," said the unnamed officer. "So maybe one of the patrol guys can step out here as well."

When an ambulance crew arrived, they radioed "9-80." 

911: "740, try that message again."

EMS: "740, 9-80."

911: "9-8-0h."

9-80 means there is a person dead. 

A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are about 4,500 crashes a year involving ambulances. The report says "in the majority of fatal crashes involving an ambulance, the driver or passenger of another vehicle is the one who is killed."

Brean: "Have you ever been in an accident while you're driving an ambulance?"

Reg Allen, Chief CHS Mobile Integrated Healthcare: "Yes I have."

Reg Allen is the chief of CHS Mobile Integrated Healthcare, an ambulance service serving thousands of people on the county's west and south side.

Brean: "When your crews are on the road, what do you tell them about safety or being aware of their surroundings as they're driving to a call?"

Reg Allen: "Well, that's a good question. There are a couple of things. First of all there should be no distractions. It should be much like airline pilots when they're landing. It's called a quiet cockpit - no unnecessary conversation."

Allen says years ago, the policy around how an ambulance gets to a scene changed. The change reduced the number of times when an ambulance sped and used its lights and sirens. 

Reg Allen: "The studies that are out there -- you save about two minutes. Now when someone is in cardiac arrest, two minutes makes a difference. When someone broke their ankle, you're uncomfortable for two more minutes but you're not going to die."

Brean: "Reg, has that change has an impact on the number of accidents ambulances are involved in?"

Allen: "Absolutely."

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