Virginia EMT Spared In Fatal Ambulance Accident

A Virginia EMT who was involved in a fatal ambulance accident in May has been found guilty of improper driving, but has avoided several more serious charges.

Justin Kidd, 25, was driving a Campbell County ambulance on May 3, 2012 when it collided with a vehicle driven by a retired Lynchburg firefighter, Dean Anders, 69. Andres died at the scene. The accident happened at an intersection controlled by a traffic light, and allegedly the ambulance was not using its red lights and siren while transporting a patient to the hospital.

Kidd was charged with reckless driving, and Anders’ family wanted him charged with involuntary manslaughter. However, the witnesses differed about who ran the red light. In the end, the judge found Kidd guilty only of improper driving and fined him $25. The case was decided this week in – ABC13

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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