Driver charged with DWI after fatal ambulance crash in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Rochester woman is dead and three others have been hospitalized after a crash with an ambulance in the City of Rochester Thursday.

According to the Rochester Police Department, officers were called to the area of Central Park and North Goodman Street around 1:27 a.m. for the report of a crash involving an ambulance and another vehicle.

Investigators say a car driven by 19-year old Jamila Evans was hit by the ambulance after the car drove through a flashing red traffic signal without stopping. The ambulance went on to hit a nearby utility pole.

A passenger in the car, 23-year-old Autumn Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another 23-year-old passenger was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Evans was briefly hospitalized. She was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Vehicular manslaughter, and a number of traffic violations when she was released.

According to police, the ambulance was on its way to a medical call and had two employees of American Medical Response inside at the time of the crash. It was not carrying a patient. Those two employees were hospitalized, evaluated for minor injuries, and later released.

Police say North Goodman Street from East Main Street to Bay Street remains closed as the investigation continues.

News 8 WROC will provide updates to this story as they become available.

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