Staten Island EMT dead in Indianapolis crash

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INDIANAPOLIS -- A car collided with an ambulance in downtown Indianapolis, killing both of the medics inside, including a New York City native.

Tim McCormick, 24, an Eagle Scout from Staten Island who lived in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, was driving the ambulance and died shortly after the crash Saturday, officials said. McCormick had attended St. Lawrence University in upstate Canton, N.Y.

Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services chief Dr. Charles Miramonti said that paramedic Cody Medley, 22, died early Sunday morning at Wishard Hospital.

Police said the ambulance was not on an emergency run when the accident happened, shortly after 3:30 a.m. at an intersection near the Indiana Statehouse. Police said the ambulance had the right of way through a flashing yellow traffic signal, while the traffic signal for the car was flashing red.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Linda Jackson said the impact caused the ambulance to roll onto its side and slide into an unoccupied parked vehicle, trapping both medics inside. Firefighters pried them out of the wreckage and they were taken to nearby Wishard Memorial in critical condition.

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No one else was in the ambulance. Both men were wearing seat belts, police said.

The car's 21-year-old driver was released after a routine blood-alcohol test, police said.

Public Safety director Troy Riggs said McCormick's death is the first known line-of-duty death of an emergency services worker in the city. He said medics, police and firefighters are a family.

"Today a member of that family is missing," Riggs said. He said McCormick's death will be handled like that of a police officer or firefighter.-- AP

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