Family of Mother Killed in EMS-18 Wheeler Crash Want Answers, Attorney Speaks Out

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“It looks like between the trucking company and the ambulance, there’s going to be some finger-pointing going on.” Said Attorney John Flood.

Attorney John Flood is representing the family of a woman killed while being transported to a hospital.

On July 19th, Los Fresnos Emergency Medical Services responded to a 9-1-1 call.

The patient Elizabeth Ruiz.

According to Flood, Ruiz had a heart surgery this year.

On the 19th, Ruiz’s son in law Darcey Cummings, called 9-1-1 after she had a medical episode.

Los Fresnos Emergency Medical Services responded and were transporting her to Valley Regional Medical Center and according to Flood, she was alive.

But the ambulance was struck by and 18 wheeler while on the way.

Ruiz was pronounced dead at Valley Regional Medical Center after being taken by Brownsville EMS.

“We know that Mrs. Ruiz suffered a traumatic brain injury to the right side of her head to the act of her ear back and above is where she had a traumatic brain injury” said Attorney John Flood.

“When she was extracted from the vehicle from the ambulance she was not suspended within the ambulance. She was down on what now is the floor but was previously the ceiling of the ambulance and she had some equipment on top of her and she had a tank on top of her an oxygen tank.” Said Attorney John Flood

Those claims are not in police report but are from Mrs. Ruiz son-in-law, who was also involved in the crash.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety records…

The ambulance with Elizabeth Ruiz, her son-in-law riding shotgun, and paramedics was nearing the intersection of FM 511 and Paredes Line road. With lights and sirens blaring, the 18 wheeler struck the ambulance, skid and rolled.

“I don’t believe that there is one party in this situation the bears all the blame but at this stage we’re simply doing is investigating all those claims.” Said Attorney John Flood

KVEO News Center 23 reached out to the city of Los Fresnos and the ambulance service, they could not comment on the circumstances revolving around the crash.

However, they are working to gather the documents Attorney John Flood and the Ruiz family is requesting.  

The truck driver was not issued any citation.

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