A devastating event unfolded in The Bronx, New York on Thursday after a mother of five and Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) medic was killed by a thief attempting to steal her ambulance.
According to police records, 44-year-old Yadira Arroyo and her colleague Monique Williams were responding to a call from a pregnant woman when they noticed people trying to flag them down in the streets. They pulled over to find a man had been riding on the bumper of their ambulance.
When Arroyo pulled over, witnesses told police a man, identified as 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez, tried to take someone’s bag. The Daily Mail reports Arroyo tried to stop the man unsuccessfully, yet he was able to push her aside and jump into the ambulance.
Cellphone video shows Gonzales putting the ambulance in reverse, hitting Arroyo, who is seen holding onto the vehicle door before falling off and going under the wheel.
Arroyo was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Gonzalez drove the truck straight into another car where a nearby officer and members of the public helped take him down.
The Daily Mail reports the suspect was arrested and faces charges of murder, grand larceny, and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
“I’m innocent. I didn’t do nothing. I’m innocent,” Gonzalez said, following the incident.
Arroyo’s partner left the scene with minor injuries but witnesses say she was devastated at the loss of her colleague.
“My partner, my partner! She was screaming, hysterically. I can’t forget her screaming,” recalled office manager Nancy Montavo.
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