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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.
Michael Soares January 22, 2014 at 05:27 PM
After watching that video theres no question that she is at fault. The ambulance was nearly clear of the intersection when it was clipped in the rear.
Amazed by Milford January 22, 2014 at 06:34 PM
I'm stupid in this case. How is vehicular homicide a misdemeanor?
Nerina January 23, 2014 at 12:51 AM
I bet you will see a defense attorney raising questions - with the intent to raise doubt about the patients health condition, medical history, if she had just had a "procedure" done, did that compromise something? If she came from a dialysis treatment there are always high risks of mortality from treatment for any renal disfunction. The documentation of the EMTs will be critical to determine what condition the women was in when she was in the ambulance to begin with. You know as well as I, history in high profile cases comes down to raising the prospect of reasonable doubt. What looks like a cut and dry case will end up a huge legal entanglement. Was the patients status stable or not following a "procdure?" ... "Is it standard following a "procedure" to go to the hospital, or was there some complication that warranted this?" ... "was death caused by blunt force trauma from the stretcher's locking mechanism malfunction? - in other words, if the mechanism that shoukd have kept the victim in place wasn't secured properly, or the stretch or mechanism itself was compromised through wear, malfunction, etc., was this a contributing factor in the stretchers losing its measure of keeping the patient secure and safe? I could go on and on with how defense attorneys will try to raise doubt as to the collision being fully, 100% responsible. By no means am I personally saying the driver bears no burden of responsibility, I am simply foreseeing the legal logistics that are bound to occur in this case.
Jennifer January 23, 2014 at 01:03 AM
And that Nerina is what is wrong with the court system....
Nerina January 23, 2014 at 06:24 AM
I don't agree that it is a defunct court system when it comes to having defense lawyers. They will often do what an average person cannot because their position affords them that right to obtain information. However, if the take information and manipulate it or skew it from the truth, that is unethical and a problem. We certainly have a legal system that seems half a$$ backwards a lot of times, but that generally stems from judges decisions, jury decisions, punishment inconsistency - wherepunishment doesn't seem to fit the crime and in some cases loopholes in the system. Another thing is what if (total long stretch but no doubt an attorney will raise question) her brakes malfunctioned? Obviously going against her, but surely helps the ambulance driver and company, is the video. That eill be very helpful evidence as in terms of responsibility of who hit who, it is plainly visible.
Anne Steshoo January 23, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Amazed -- I wondered about that as well. Apparently it's a misdemeanor if it's done through negligence, but it's a felony if the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol. If charged, she can lose her license for 15 years and also face jail time and fines. (source: http://www.mymassachusettsdefenselawyer.com/massachusetts-criminal-charges/motor-vehicle-homicide/)
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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