Man charged with running over and killing NYFD ambulance driver
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 17, 2017 Updated: 10:21 AM
A man has been charged with murder after allegedly commandeering a New York City ambulance and running over a fire department emergency medical worker, killing her and injuring another.
Jose Gonzalez, 25, of the Bronx, was charged with murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
According to the New York City Police Department, he is an emotionally disturbed person and he has a criminal history.
As he was escorted by police from the 43rd Precinct early Friday morning, Gonzalez muttered to himself with EMTs silently watching him put into a waiting police cruiser.
"I'm innocent. I didn't do nothing. I'm innocent," Gonzalez said as he walked by.
The New York City Fire Department identified the victim as Yadira Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five and a 14-year veteran with the department.
Around 7 p.m. at White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Morris Park section, an ambulance on White Plains Road was flagged down by a pedestrian.
Police said Arroyo, who was behind the wheel, got out of the ambulance along with her partner. Then, the suspect apparently got into the driver's seat and started to drive away. The two EMTs tried to stop him, police said.
The suspect then put the ambulance in reverse, knocking Arroyo to the ground, then drove over her, police said. He kept going backwards, hitting two occupied cars, a 2014 Honda Pilot and a 2007 Toyota Camry.
The NYPD said that Gonzalez tried to flee on foot, but was taken into custody by an MTA police officer who was on patrol.