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Patient Killed After Drunk Driver Crashes Cadillac Into Ambulette On Long Island, Police Say

A patient being transported by an ambulette was killed after the vehicle was hit by a Cadillac driven by a drunk driver on Long Island, police say.
A patient being transported by an ambulette was killed after the vehicle was hit by a Cadillac driven by a drunk driver on Long Island, police say. Photo Credit: Pixabay

A patient being transported by an ambulette was killed after the vehicle was hit by a Cadillac driven by a drunk driver on Long Island, police say.

The crash happened on Sunday, Sept. 1  at 11:45 p.m. in Glen Cove.

An ambulette was traveling southbound on Walnut Road with its lights and sirens on, transporting a male patient for difficulty breathing, Nassau County Police said. 

A 1997 Cadillac STS, operated by Alvaro Gutierrez-Garcia, 27, of Locust Valley, was traveling eastbound on Forest Avenue and struck the ambulette at the intersection of Walnut Road, causing the ambulette to overturn on the roadway, police said. 

Glen Cove Police, Nassau County Police and multiple ambulances responded to scene. 

The driver and EMT of the ambulette were both transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. The patient, Denis Motherway, 85, of Bayville, was transported to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead by hospital physicians at approximately 12:10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 2.

Gutierrez-Garcia is charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, aggravated DWI and two counts of driving while intoxicated. 

He will be arraigned on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at First District Court in Hempstead.

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