It was a tragic day for public safety workers in Indianapolis as they remember one of their own killed when a car slams into an ambulance downtown. It happened just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the intersection of Senate Avenue and St. Clair Street.
Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of EMT Timothy Mccormick. He was killed in the early morning crash, which also left paramedic, Spc. Cody Medley, inside the ambulance in critical condition. He is currently at Wishard Hospital with severe head and brain injuries.
Investigators said 21-year-old Jade Hammer ran a flashing red light, t-boning the ambulance and pushing it onto its side. She told officers she was distracted by a GPS device, but also admitted to having a few drinks a few hours earlier.
Hammer was also taken to the hospital in good condition where police took a blood draw. She has been released pending the investigation and the results of that blood draw.
It’s been an unthinkable day for the friends, family and co-workers of Mccormick as they grieve his tragic loss.
If it wasn’t his baby boy smile, those who knew Tim are remembering his big heart. His father says the 24-year-old had his whole life ahead of him.
“He made a big impression on people wherever he went,” said Bob Mccormick, who spoke with Fox 59 by phone from Staten Island, NY. “Indianapolis was his adoptive hometown.”
Bob Mccormick tells Fox 59 the family is still processing their loss from more than 700 miles away. They woke up Saturday morning to two nypd officers at their door.
“The day’s just been a blur,” said Bob. “We were all still in bed and of course, it was a terrible shock.”
Tim was the second oldest of four children — an honor student and had an intellectual curiosity for a career in public service. Tim had been working as an EMT for nearly three years while earning his bachelor’s degree from IUPUI. He was also one of the first responders on scene during the south side house explosion last November.
“I don’t know any other greater honor that needs to be recognized,” said Katlin Faircloth, an Wishard Hospital nurse who used to work with Tim. He never had an attitude and always seemed like he was ready for the day and ready to take on any challenges that were in store for him.” “He did pack a lot in his 24 years. I just wish the Lord granted a bit more time,” he said.
Tim’s family will be flying to Indianapolis on Monday. A wake is scheduled Monday night. Tim’s funeral is set on Tuesday.