An off-duty EMT was severely injured in a hit-and-run on Staten Island on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities say that at around 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, a 29-year-old woman was exiting her car outside of 108 Locust Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle. As a result, the victim, who works as an FDNY EMT, was pinned and suffered a severe leg injury and a broken jaw.
The victim was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North for her injuries. According to the Emergency Medical Services Public Advocacy Council (EMSPAC), the victim’s leg couldn’t be saved and was amputated.
“We cannot at this time confirm the name and station of the EMT who was today tragically struck down off duty. Thankfully she is alive but will face a long road to recovery,” said Karessa Abe, a spokesperson from EMSPAC. “Due to the stupidity and callous disregard of the young woman that ran her down our sister will never service her community again.”
“Tragically, far too many EMS members die or are seriously injured off the job. This young woman will, after the media spectacle fades, sadly will be taken off payroll and then be supported only by her family, friends and EMS colleagues. Out of respect for our EMS sister and her family, her identity will not be disclosed at this time,” said EMSPAC Officer and paramedic Michael Combs. “We ask your readers to keep in mind that she is one of many EMS providers struck down, then ultimately destined to be abandoned except by those closest to them.”
That night, police arrested 31-year-old Nicole Marino in connection to the incident. She was charged with grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property, filing a false report, hindering an investigation, obstructing governmental administration, unauthorized use of vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operator, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.