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8:54 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Charges Filed in Ambulance Crash

Oklahoma City, OK – EMSA driver faces negligent homicide charge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Prosecutors have lodged a negligent homicide charge against an EMSA ambulance driver for a traffic crash that killed a man.

The ambulance's lights and sirens were activated during the Dec. 10 crash in which 43-year-old Fidel Mesa-Solis was killed. The emergency medical technician who was driving the ambulance, 36-year-old Benjamin Ward Samples, was charged Monday.

The Oklahoman reports Samples was going 83 mph in the wrong direction on Northwest 10 when he hit Mesa-Solis' vehicle on the driver side.

Sample's attorney, Ed Blau, says his client was following all of EMSA's procedures and protocols when the crash occurred and that he is innocent of the charge. He also says Samples is "devastated by the tragedy."

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.