published: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Family OK after being hit by ambulance
By PHIL ATTINGER
SEBRING -- A family and an ambulance crew came away from a wreck with minor injuries Sunday, but the ambulance driver has been cited for failure to yeild the right of way.
The wreck occured at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Krouse Street and Westminster Road, according to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol. A 2010 Chevrolet ambulance driven by paramedic Dana A. Davidson, 49, was heading south on Westminster Road in Sebring to a 911 call, approaching Krouse Street.
At that same time, a white 2012 Kia Optima was approaching the intersection, driven by Bill Westergom, 44, of Sebring.
Davidson had a stop sign and Westergom didn't. The ambulance entered the intersection in the direct path of the Kia, which collided with the side of the ambulance.
The ambulance stopped on Westminster Road facing southwest while the Kia ended up in the ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection.
FHP said Westergom and his wife, Jennifer, 43, and son Brian, 17, had minor injuries, as did Davidson and his passenger, EMT Jennifer R. Sapp, 34.
All were treated at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center.
Over the phone on Monday, Jennifer Westergom said she and her family were thankful to be OK. They were home resting, doing well and following up with doctors, just in case.
Harvey Craven III, director of Highlands County Emergency Medical Services, said the citation would go against Davidson's driving record, which has been good since he began driving for the department in July 1993.
Craven also said the ambulance is out of service and awaiting insurance adjuster inspection to see if the county could afford to repair it or should replace it.
A new ambulance, Craven said, would range between $150,000-$160,000 for new models. Used models can be found for less.
(by: moving on - 10/4/2013)
It's true about the otherwise spotless record speaking for the ambulance driver. He has probably saved many, many lives. Accidents happen, and on the bright side, the response time to this one was 0 seconds. Nobody seriously hurt, let it go.
ambulance (by: Dot Q - 10/4/2013)
I see these ambulances all the time on the road with red and white lights on but no sirens is this because the call is not important ?
It Happens (by: JB4S7 - 10/2/2013)
As a fellow public safety worker I can tell you this stuff unfortunately happens. It is apparent that Mr. Davidson is good at what he does if he has been doing it for 20 years without incident. Let us hope that everyone recovers and is able to continue on with their respective lives and work unhindered.
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