Family remembers EMT killed in downtown crash

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.

15 comments

    • Guest

      Saying that she had one and a half drinks is not admitting to breaking the law. Stop jumping to conclusions and wait for the results. Innocent until proven guilty, remember. Not the other way around.

  • steve

    just wanted to know if this girl will get the same treatment that the cop is getting for killing the one on the motorcycle. trhe pledge does say justice for ALL

    • jerry

      By same treatment do you mean having her face plastered on every news outlet and being found guilty without a trial? Sounds like she got it easy being released without being charged. To the other dummy running a red light is not manslaughter its an accident. If her blood alcohol is below the legal limit she didn’t commit a crime

      • Guest :)

        I can not believe you have written that Jerry. You don't 'accidently' run a red light, if she was too tired, over the limit or whatever the reason she shouldn't have been driving, period. Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.
        She has killed two innocent people. And for the record, running a red light IS a crime – you obviously have never sat for a licence or you'd know RED LIGHT MEANS STOP!!

      • Guest

        Are you saying you've never driven while you were tired and that you've never run a red light? Because I find that impossible to believe. You were just lucky that you didm't get in an accident.

  • Mr. Obvious

    Having a couple drinks doesn't mean her BAC was above the legal limit. Time will tell whether this was a crime or whether it was an accident.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t we concentrate on the families here and not the person responsible for such a horrific tragedy. My thoughts and prayers going up for the family and friends of all that are affected. May God bless you all.

  • Toronto paramedic

    RIP to both brothers and condolences to their families; as well as the family of IEMS. From your brothers and sisters at Toronto EMS (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

  • Wilbur Shooterfly

    Mayor Ballard please do not be so GREEDY and leave town on your and Winnie's all expense paid junket overseas with your PAYtoPLAY crowd!

    You need to stay in Indianapolis and be Mayoral and comfort the men's families and their public safety coworkers.

  • Nicole

    How tragic this is for everyone, those poor young guys, I feel sooo bad :( plus this young girl and all of their families. What a tragedy that will change their lives forever. Its obvious whether she was intoxicated or not that she didn't mean for any of this to happen. Anyone could have made this same mistake so please don't damn her, she needs prayer, love and forgiveness. I hate that for all of these people! Lord, please send your grace and mercy to all of these hurting people.

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