EMT killed, paramedic critically injured in crash involving ambulance, car

Police investigate cause of crash

INDIANAPOLIS - An EMT was killed and a paramedic was critically injured after a crash involving an ambulance and a car on Indianapolis' north side early Saturday morning.

Indianapolis police said the crash happened just after 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of St. Clair Street and Senate Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found that the ambulance was rolled onto its side and had slid into a parked vehicle that was unoccupied.

"The driver and the medic in the ambulance were extricated and transported to Wishard Hospital in critical condition," IMPD Sgt. Linda Jackson said.

Police said Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Private Timothy McCormick, an EMT, passed away Saturday morning due to severe injuries.

McCormick, 24, joined the IEMS team in June 2010.

Specialist Cody Medley, a paramedic, remained in critical condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

Investigators said a car that was westbound on St. Clair struck the ambulance that was southbound on Senate.

The crew was not on a run during the time of the accident, they were on their way back to the hospital after a run to resupply the ambulance.

They were both wearing seatbelts, police said.

"The female driver of the passenger car was in good condition and transported to Wishard for a legal blood draw," Jackson said.

Police told RTV6 that they smelled alcohol on the driver of the second vehicle -- Jade Hammer, 21 -- and that she told officers she had one and a half drinks before taking the wheel.

"Oh my god. I can't believe this is happening. I can't believe I was in this accident," police said Hammer told them as she cried at the scene.

Hammer was released pending further investigation and blood alcohol content results.

Officers said that the traffic light at the intersection was flashing yellow for northbound and southbound vehicles and red for vehicles that were eastbound and westbound at the time of the crash.

A city mourns

Public figures and personal friends and family mourned the loss of McCormick as they heard the news Saturday.

"I had a wonderful son and I have lost him. At this time, all I could tell you is that our family loss is just one piece of what your whole city has lost," said Rosemary McCormick, Timothy's mother.

His roommate, Alex Brinley, spoke with RTV6 about how caring McCormick was.

"He was always worried about how other's were feeling, what they were doing and could put everything in his life aside to help others, and that's just Tim in a nutshell," Brinley said.

Public figures showed their support for McCormick and the IEMS family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with families of the ambulance driver who was killed and the medic severely injured in this mornings accident," said Maggie Lewis, City-County Council president.

"This is a terrible loss for Indianapolis EMS and our city. Our thoughts and prayers are with our public safety community and with the families. When we are most in need, IEMS takes care of us. Now it is our time as a community to take care of them," said Mayor Greg Ballard.

Mayor Ballard asked that all City-County facilities, businesses and residents throughout the city of Indianapolis lower their flags to half-staff to honor Private McCormick.

"The entire Indianapolis EMS family is deeply saddened by the news of our fallen brother. Time was a heroic provider, but he was also a wonderful colleague and friend to us all," said Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of Indianapolis EMS. "While I am overcome with grief, I am equally overwhelmed by my pride in the actions of our  crews on the scene and the tremendous outpouring support from our Department of Public Safety family, our Health and Hospital Corporation and Wishard family, and the entire community for our fallen colleague."

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