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News - August 22, 2018

Ambulance struck in alleged DUI hit-and-run

by Dave Boyce

Three people, including the driver and passenger in a Woodside Fire Protection District ambulance, were taken to a local hospital following an alleged DUI hit-and-run on southbound Interstate 280 on Saturday, Aug. 18.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at 5:25 p.m., a 1998 Toyota 4Runner struck the back of the ambulance on I-280 just south of the Edgewood Road exit ramp, where the freeway passes over Canada Road. There were no patients in the ambulance at the time, the CHP said.

The Toyota driver was allegedly speeding and intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to a statement from the CHP.

CHP Officer Christine Ross on Aug. 20 said that they are not yet releasing the Toyota driver's name and that she did not know his age or city of residence, noting that the driver was not carrying identification.

The collision caused the ambulance to overturn, blocking the center divider and one lane of traffic for about 45 minutes, the CHP said.

After the collision, the driver of the Toyota continued south on I-280 and was involved in a non-injury collision two miles from the first crash. The driver fled on foot from the scene of the second collision, the CHP said.

Following a search of the area, the Toyota driver was located and arrested for felony DUI and felony hit-and-run, according to the CHP. The Toyota driver was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries, while the driver and passenger in the ambulance were taken to the hospital with minor and major non-life-threatening injuries, respectively.

The two Woodside Fire Protection District medics who were in the ambulance have since been released from the hospital, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso told The Almanac.

"They both went home that night," Ghiorso said on Aug. 20. One is back at work and the other is expected back soon, he added.

The Toyota driver may have a broken leg, Ross said. The driver has not been jailed, she said.

The ambulance, which was traveling at 65 miles per hour on its way back to Woodside from a call, is a total loss, Ghiorso said. Witness accounts vary, with reports that it rolled two, three or four times, Ghiorso said. "We know it rolled more than once," he said.

The speed of the Toyota is not likely to come to light, Ross said, in that there were no fatalities in the accident and thus no plans to retrieve the black box from the car.


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