Hijacker kills New York paramedic under
wheels of her ambulance
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[March 18, 2017]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A paramedic was
killed after a man hijacked her ambulance in New York City and reversed
over her, city officials said on Friday. Police have arrested a suspect
on murder charges.
Yadiro Arroyo, 44, and her female partner were traveling in their
ambulance in the Bronx when a passing motorist alerted them to a man
riding at the back of their vehicle, city officials said.
They stopped and got out of the ambulance to investigate.
The man then climbed into the driver's seat and put the ambulance in
reverse, striking both paramedics and knocking Arroyo to the ground
before driving backwards over her, according to the New York police and
The man kept driving backwards, striking at least three other vehicles,
before driving forward again, dragging the fallen paramedic into the
middle of the road and striking two more vehicles before getting stuck
in a snowbank.
He then abandoned the ambulance and tried to flee before being arrested
by a nearby police officer on patrol.
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Jose Gonzalez, 25, was arrested on charges of murder, grand larceny
and driving while impaired by drugs, police said. He was in jail
awaiting an initial court appearance on Friday and it was not clear
whether he had a lawyer.
Arroyo's partner, another paramedic for the Fire Department of New
York, was taken to hospital with injuries to her neck and shoulder.
Arroyo had worked for the FDNY for 14 years and had five children,
Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference at the hospital.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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