LEWES, Del.- Delaware State Police say charges are pending against a 20-year-old man who crashed his car into an ambulance in Lewes over the weekend.
Police said the accident occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m. Saturday, as a Mid-Sussex ambulance was transporting a priority one patient from a personal watercraft crash on the Indian River to Beebe Hospital's emergency room.
According to police, 36-year-old Christian Jackson-Puglisi of Middletown, Del., was operating the ambulance and was traveling eastbound on Lewes-Georgetown Highway entering the intersection of Coastal Highway with all emergency equipment activated, including the siren. Investigators said that as the ambulance entered the intersection with the northbound traffic, a Chevrolet Prism driven by 20-year-old Evan P. Hutton of Millsboro, failed to see the ambulance and struck it on the front passenger's side. Police said the ambulance was pushed counterclockwise and remained in the roadway, while the Prism continued in a northeast direction before coming to a stop.
Authorities said Jackson-Puglisi, who was properly restrained, was removed from the scene by another ambulance and transported to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 43-year-old patient was transferred to another ambulance and continued on to Beebe. A 21-year-old EMT was also transported to Beebe with non-life-threatening injuries. The three paramedics on board the ambulance were not injured and continued treatment to all patients.
Troopers said Hutton, who was not properly restrained, had to be extricated from his vehicle and was later taken by EMS to Beebe with non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic in the area of the crash was impacted for approximately two hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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