Ambulance crashes while taking shooting victim to hospital

Posted at 11:06 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 07:35:12-04

CINCINNATI -- Five people were injured when police said a man ran a red light Monday night in Over-the-Rhine, striking an ambulance carrying victims away from a West End shooting scene and setting off a chain reaction.

The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. Monday on Vine Street near McMicken Avenue. Police said Albert Barnwell, 19, was driving a 1999 Infiniti Q30 eastbound on Elder Street and failed to stop at a red light, striking the ambulance as it drove north on Vine Street with its flashing lights and siren on.

The ambulance, driven by 29-year-old Dequize Young, then struck 52-year-old Kenneth Turner, two parked vehicles and a building. Turner was listed in critical condition after crews took him to the hospital with serious injuries. 

The ambulance involved had, just minutes earlier, responded to a double shooting on Central Avenue at Court Street and was carrying 21-year-old Don Farrier away from the scene with a foot injury. Farrier was not further injured as a result of the crash, authorities said.

The other victim in the double shooting was a woman shot in the leg. She was taken in a separate ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

A disorderly crowd of around 15 people gathered near the crashed ambulance Monday night, prompting a call for more police.

Amanda Netherly, 33, a passenger in the ambulance, Barnwell and Young were all taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with minor injuries.

A passenger in Barnwell’s car, 33-year-old Michael Bell, was taken to UC Medical Center in critical condition.

Both drivers were wearing their respective seatbelts. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this crash. 

The Cincinnati Police Department's Traffic Unit is continuing its investigation into this case. They ask any witnesses to the crash to call 513-352-2514.