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Update: EMT driver to turn self in after Floyd Co. ambulance wreck

The driver of the ambulance and the medic in the back of the vehicle were injured, but are in stable condition, according to WRGA. (Image: Austin Trevers of WRGA)

UPDATE:

Crystin Keys turned herself in to the Floyd County Jail Wednesday morning.

PREVIOUSLY:

EMT driver Crystin Keys will turn herself in to Floyd County authorities on Wednesday morning for her role in an ambulance crash which killed the patient being transported. Key's attorney, McCracken Posten confirmed this with NewsChannel 9 in a statement Tuesday.

Poston says that Keys suffered extreme fatigue due to being 5 weeks pregnant and not drinking caffeine.

Poston says they anticipate charges of failure to maintain lane and vehicular homicide.

Read the full statement here:


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Funeral arrangements have been announced for Tony Patterson, the 55-year-old patient being transported by the ambulance at the time of the crash. Patterson died from a blunt-trauma impact on the scene.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home in Rome, Georgia will hold a service for Patterson at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 22nd.

You can read Tony Patterson's obituary and further details about his funeral here.


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Sergeant Danny Story of the Rome Police Department told NewsChannel 9 on Tuesday morning that two warrants have been issued for the EMT who was driving the ambulance, 21-year-old Crystin Keys of Chattanooga.

Keys now faces second degree vehicular homicide charges and failure to maintain a single lane. The vehicular homicide is second degree because Sgt. Storey says there was no intent to harm demonstrated.

Sgt. Story says Keys is not yet in custody, and that police are making arrangements with her attorney about what to do next.

Puckett EMS released this statement in the wake of this new development:

Puckett EMS continues to express its deepest sympathy to the family of the patient who passed away in the tragic accident, and our thoughts also are with our employees who were injured. The EMT and paramedic involved in the accident are on medical leave and will be placed on paid leave pending the results of Puckett EMS’ internal review of the incident.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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On the morning of June 16th, around 4:30 AM police were called to the scene of an ambulance crash run by Puckett EMS. The crash occurred in front of Berry College with the vehicle veering off of Martha Berry Highway and onto the shoulder of road.

Sgt. Danny Storey of Rome Police told NewsChannel9 that the vehicle dug into the ground and spun, eventually flipping it on its side.

Police have released a report of the investigation that states "During an interview the Driver (1) stated she fell asleep at the wheel."

The driver was working from 7pm the night before and told officers she felt "tired". Story says that these long shifts are not surprising for professionals in emergency services. Emergency personnel are known to work long hours according to Rome Police. Storey says that the average shift is 24 hours.

The patient being transported was 55 year old Tony Patterson. Patterson died from blunt-trauma impact on scene. The other two passengers, the driver and an EMT are both under care in Floyd Medical center.


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Puckett EMS, which is based in East Ridge, released this statement:

Puckett EMS is deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this accident and their families during this difficult time.
A Puckett EMS ambulance was involved in an accident while traveling with a patient to Floyd Medical Center on Martha Berry Highway early Friday morning, June 16.
The patient was a fatality on the scene. Puckett EMS employees sustained injuries and were transported from the scene by Redmond EMS. The EMT and paramedic are in stable condition.
We would like to express our gratitude to all first responders who responded to this accident.
The safety of our service — our employees, our passengers and those with whom we come in contact daily — is of the utmost concern.
Puckett EMS is conducting a review of the accident and is cooperating fully with local authorities.
We request that any questions about the accident be directed to the Rome Police Department.

Our crew on the scene in Rome talked with police, who said the driver admits "feeling tired" at the time of the accident.

EARLIER:

Radio station WRGA is reporting that the driver of an ambulance taking a nursing home patient to an emergency room in Rome crashed early Friday morning. The crash killed the patient.

The accident happened just after 4 a.m. on Martha Berry Parkway (Highway 27), near Berry College.

The ambulance belonged to Puckett EMS.

Captain Chris Dehart with the Rome City Police tells WRGA the ambulance was traveling southbound on Martha Berry and left the roadway and traveled around 300 yards striking two trees before coming to rest on its side.

Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor tells WRGA the victim was identified as 55-year-old Tony Patterson of Rome.

WRGA reports Patterson was being transported by Puckett EMS from a Lafayette nursing home to Floyd ER for treatment.

The driver of the ambulance and the medic in the back of the vehicle were injured, but are in stable condition, according to WRGA.

WRGA reports authorities have not released the identity of the driver, or said exactly what caused the crash.

NewsChannel 9 is working to confirm this report independently with the Georgia State Patrol. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.


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