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Driver in Fatal Milford Ambulance Crash to Face Motor Vehicle Homicide Charge

A Framingham woman who was driving a sedan that police say struck the ambulance will face two criminal charges.

The ambulance was operated by Community EMS. Credit: Mary MacDonald
The ambulance was operated by Community EMS. Credit: Mary MacDonald
A woman who police say was responsible for a fatal crash involving an ambulance will be charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, according to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office.

Lisa Zemack, 61, of 19 Bonvini Dr., Framingham, also will be charged with operating to endanger, according to Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. Zemack could not be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment.

The crash Tuesday killed a 58-year-old Upton woman who was being transported in the ambulance, operated by Community EMS of Marlborough. Two paramedics on the ambulance were not seriously injured, police said. The victim, Karen Scott, had just had a medical treatment at a clinic in Milford, according to police. Scott, a resident of Upton for 25 years, had worked as a certified nursing assistant and was a grandmother and mother of two, according to an obituary. 

According to Milford Police, Zemack was driving a Mercedes sedan and failed to stop at a stop sign on Green Street, where it meets Rte. 140. The ambulance was heading north on Route 140, in the direction of Milford Regional Medical Center.

The impact forced the ambulance into a rollover. It came to rest on a guard rail. Milford Police closed the state road for several hours and an investigation began. Police later published on the Milford Police Facebook page a portion of surveillance film from a security camera at a store across the street, which had captured the crash.

According to Jarvey, both of the charges will be issued by Milford Police and are misdemeanors. An arraignment hearing will be scheduled in Milford District Court.
Deb January 23, 2014 at 08:37 AM
It appears she clearly was at fault and if she is charged (as in my opinion she should be) then she SHOULD lose her license for 15 years, go to jail and face fines. A poor innocent woman lost her life and a family has to deal with the loss of their beloved family member. Why - all because this driver couldn't be bothered to stop for a stop sign?
Mark Cain January 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM
She is a citizen so the case will be over in a relatively short amount of time not like Poor Matt Denice's death!
Amazed by Milford January 23, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Thank you Anne Steshoo. Amazing how insane of a breakdown the law is on that one. Poor family deserves better justice than what will probably be offered. I'm not saying she should pay as equally harshly as Guaman should but fines and loss of license doesn't seem fair either. Just my opinion.
Sharon A McArdle January 23, 2014 at 04:59 PM
They need to throw the book at her and impose whatever punishments allowable by law. It is obvious from the video that she was not paying attention to driving at the time of this tragedy.

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