HPD: Speeding drunk driver crashes into ambulance in northwest Houston, dies


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on May 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 8:13 AM

HOUSTON — A suspected drunk driver was speeding in northwest Houston early Thursday when he slammed into an ambulance and died, according to Houston police.

A Houston Fire Department truck and an ambulance were parked at the home of a sick patient on Kempwood at Ryson around 12:30 a.m.
Two paramedics were getting out of the ambulance when they heard screeching tires. Then they heard the crash.
The young man driving the white Nissan Altima was traveling about 80 miles an hour in the residential area before he hit the ambulance, police said.
One of the paramedics was able to jump out the way, but the other hopped back into the driver’s seat when the car came along. He was transported to the hospital for observation.
HFD had to cut the trapped driver out of the car, then rushed him to Ben Taub Hospital, but he could not be saved.
Another ambulance was called to the scene to pick up the sick patient from the initial call.
Police said alcohol was definitely a factor in the crash.
The driver's name has not been released.