An EMT was responding to a call on the last shift of her career when her ambulance was struck by a Toyota Prius and she was killed in the crash.
Hinal Patel, 22, and her partner Mark Seube, 24, with Spotswood Emergency Services of Piscataway, New Jersey, were responding to a call on Saturday. Seube was driving the ambulance while Patel was sitting in the passenger seat.
However, as they were crossing an intersection in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with the ambulance’s lights and siren turned on, a Toyota Prius did not give way and crashed into the emergency vehicle. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. EMT Hinal Patel, 22, was rushing to help someone in her ambulance when a car plowed into her ambulance and killed her on the spot.
2. Hinal Patel was killed when a car ran the intersection as her ambulance was driving through.
The force of the collision overturned the ambulance and the vehicle then slid into another car, police said.
Patel’s death was instantaneous. It was her last shift before she was due to take time off before heading to graduate school at Rutgers University in the autumn.
Seube, the ambulance’s driver, was also injured, however not seriously. The Prius’ driver, Kathleen Meade, 58, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, was not injured at all in the accident, police said.
3. Patel was on her last call before she would quit to go to graduate school.
4. Brother Neel says his sister was truly passionate about becoming a physician or physician’s assistant and was determined to save people’s lives.
Apart from being an EMT, Patel was also a medical technician volunteer at the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company, as well as the Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 7 Online reports.
Speaking to NJ.com, Patel’s friend Bianca Patel (no relation) said:
She’s saved thousands and thousands of people. I just wish someone had a chance to help her.
The victim’s brother Neel said that his sister had been dedicated to medicine and did not become an EMT just to improve her resume.
5. Friends say that Patel (pictured right) had helped thousands of people.
6. Patel was a medical technical volunteer with the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company.
Neel Patel said:
She was truly passionate about (being an) EMT and what she was doing.
Noting that her friend died on what was supposed to be her last call before going on to graduate school, Bianca Patel added:
She had said “Today’s going to be a long day.”
Police are currently investigating the crash and no charges have been filed yet.
7. EMT Hinal Patel, 22, was killed in an accident while responding to the last call of her career.
8. An EMT is killed in an accident while responding to an emergency call in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
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