No criminal charges filed against driver who collided with ambulance, killing 2 paramedics

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The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday that they have completed a review of the evidence from the ambulance crash that killed to paramedics in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 16.

Prosecutors said they will file no criminal charges against the driver of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Jade Hammer, who collided with the ambulance that Timothy McCormick, 24, and Cody Medley, 22, were riding in.

“This was clearly a tragic accident, and we again extend our sympathies to the families and friends of Cody Medley and Tim McCormick,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “However, we do not believe that the circumstances of the accident rise to the level of a crime.”

Prosecutor Curry said the decision to not file criminal charges were based on evidence, including the BAC level of Hammer, who told authorities she drank two weak alcoholic beverages prior to the crash. The investigation revealed Hammer had a BAC level of .038, below Indiana’s legal limit of .08.  A toxicology screen also found no other substances in Hammer’s blood.

A crash reconstruction analysis determined Hammer was driving in the range of 35 to 40 mph and the ambulance was traveling at a speed of 45 to 50 mph in a 30 mph speed zone. Prosecutors said the ambulance was not on an emergency run at the time of the crash that occurred at the intersection of Senate Avenue and St. Clair Street.

Authorities said Hammer did fail to stop at a flashing red light at the intersection where the crash occurred. However, the prosecutor’s office said the traffic violation did not rise to the level of criminal recklessness, which requires “conduct in plain, conscious and unjustifiable disregard of harm that might result and the disregard involves a substantial deviation from acceptable standards of conduct.”  Failure to obey the signal is considered a Class C infraction.

Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of Indianapolis EMS, released the following statement after the decision was announced:

Indianapolis EMS thanks Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and his office and the entire FACT team for the diligence, compassion, and professionalism they consistently demonstrated throughout their investigation. Their efforts serve to bring closure to this tragic chapter in our history and our personal lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to not only the families and loved ones of our beloved Tim and Cody, but also to Jade Hammer and her family. I continue to also be grateful to the IEMS Family and Public Safety Department, for the strength and resolve you have shown during this time of pain and grief. I could not be more proud of our service and the men and women who truly make it extraordinary.

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