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An ambulance driver is dealing with jail after a newly certified paramedic was killed when he made a unsuitable flip and crashed right into a cement lorry on a 999 name.
Alice Clark, 21, had solely been within the function for 2 months earlier than her tragic demise in January 2022.
Ambulance driver Edward Riding, 45, pleaded responsible to inflicting his colleague’s demise by driving carelessly when he appeared in courtroom [on Monday Jan 29]. The cost carries a most of 5 years in jail.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how Riding was reacting to an emergency when he was diverted and took the unsuitable flip, earlier than hitting a kerb inflicting the ambulance to veer throughout the highway into the cement truck.
Alice was one in every of three paramedics travelling within the ambulance on the time of the crash. It was not taking a affected person to hospital on the time.
Riding was airlifted to Kings College Hospital in London with a number of accidents. Student paramedic Megan Kuhn, who was within the again, suffered head accidents.
The driver of the cement lorry additionally concerned within the crash suffered minor accidents. The highway was closed for a number of hours whereas crash investigations happened.
Ms Clark, of Newington, close to Sittingbourne inKent, went to the University of Greenwich to check to change into a paramedic, graduating in July 2021. She had joined the South East Coast Ambulance Service simply two months earlier than the deadly crash.
Riding, of Crowborough, Kent, was given an interim driving ban till he is because of be sentenced on April 17. He was remanded on bail whereas the Probation Service put together a report.
Alice’s heartbroken mother and father stated she had beloved working for the ambulance service.
Paying tribute on the time, they stated in a press release: “Alice was so excited to qualify as a paramedic and looked forward to every shift. She was a beautiful, kind, fun-loving daughter, sister and granddaughter. She loved to travel. Anyone who met her loved her. She will be missed more than words can say by family and friends.”