Career-Ending Crash for Wrong-Laning Driver
THE EMSA AMBULANCE DRIVER in Oklahoma City who was involved in a fatal collision on December 10 has lost his job and been charged by police with negligent homicide. (See Firegeezer video report on the accident HERE.)
Benjamin Ward Samples, 36, was charged Tuesday for the crash that resulted in the death of a man after Samples had driven in the oncoming lane at a high rate of speed to bypass traffic that was stopped ahead. Investigators say that Samples moved over into the wrong-lane while responding to an emergency call. The driver of the car was also in the left lane and began making a legal left turn which put him in the path of the ambulance. The accident investigation revealed that Samples was traveling at 83 mph in a 40 mph zone.
KFOR-TV presents the details of this latest update in this video report:
State law allows an ambulance to travel at a speed not over 10 mph above the posted limit. EMSA's rules prohibit driving faster than 15 mph when wrong-laning.
Samples had been working for EMSA for about a year, but he was hired with a spotty driving record carrying several traffic infraction in the past.
The Oklahoman has more details HERE.
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