It’s a rare occasion when a relatively minor San Antonio car accident leads to death – except in cases such as the one which occurred last Friday involving an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a critically injured patient to a hospital when the ambulance was t-boned by a driver who failed to yield the right of way.
The crash impeded the patient, Jessie Lucear, age 72, from obtaining lifesaving medical treatment in time to save her life. Ms. Lucear died shortly after the crash, which occurred on North Loop 1604 and Shaenfield Road just before 11 am last Friday. In fact, my kids and I were on our way to Sea World, which is normally a 15 minute drive from our home. However, because the accident caused traffic to back up for miles, it took us nearly 1 hour to arrive at Sea World.
I remember seeing the crushed ambulance, and telling my children that I “hoped nobody needed to get to the hospital.” Unfortunately, the ambulance was carrying a patient, who died on the scene of the accident. While it is unclear whether or not the accident resulted in Lucear’s wrongful death, a skilled auto accident lawyer in San Antonio could certainly make that argument, and seek to hold the reportedly at-fault driver, identified in the news as 59 year old Helen Madigan, responsible for the death of Lucear and the injuries of any EMS workers riding in the ambulance.
According to SAPD, Madigan failed to stop at a red light, crashing into the driver’s side of the ambulance. Madigan, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was also taken to University Hospital in critical condition. It is unclear at this point whether or not alcohol was a factor in the accident.