March 7, 2013 | Car Accidents
by Fox59 February 16th
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday that they have completed a review of the evidence from the ambulance crash that killed to paramedics in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 16z
Prosecutors said they will file no criminal charges against the driver of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Jade Hammer, who collided with the ambulance that Timothy McCormick, 24, and Cody Medley, 22, were riding in.
“This was clearly a tragic accident, and we again extend our sympathies to the families and friends of Cody Medley and Tim McCormick,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “However, we do not believe that the circumstances of the accident rise to the level of a crime.”
Prosecutor Curry said the decision to not file criminal charges were based on evidence, including the BAC level of Hammer, who told authorities she drank two weak alcoholic beverages prior to the crash. The investigation revealed Hammer had a BAC level of .038, below Indiana’s legal limit of .08. A toxicology screen also found no other substances in Hammer’s blood.
A crash reconstruction analysis determined Hammer was driving in the range of 35 to 40 mph and the ambulance was traveling at a speed of 45 to 50 mph in a 30 mph speed zone. Prosecutors said the ambulance was not on an emergency run at the time of the crash that occurred at the intersection of Senate Avenue and St. Clair Street.
Authorities said Hammer did fail to stop at a flashing red light at the intersection where the crash occurred. However, the prosecutor’s office said the traffic violation did not rise to the level of criminal recklessness, which requires “Conduct in plain, conscious and unjustifiable disregard of harm that might result and the disregard involves a substantial deviation from acceptable standards of conduct.” Failure to obey the signal is considered a Class C infraction.
Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of Indianapolis EMS, released the following statement after the decision was announced:
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