Friday, 24. October 2014
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A parking tow truck driver who hooked an ambulance treating a critically injured car crash victim and refused to let it go is to be quizzed by Mexican police after the patient died.
The trucker told astonished paramedics - called to the scene in the capital Mexico City after a traffic smash - that their vehicle was blocking a major road and had to be moved.
Paramedic Yulan Esparza said: "He told us we would be towed and fined if we didn't move. But we had a seriously injured patient in the rear who we needed to stabilise before we could move him to the hospital."
The driver only backed down and unhooked the Red Cross emergency vehicle when an angry mob gathered and began threatening him.
In a YouTube clip of the incident the shame-faced tow truck driver can be seen trying to explain his actions before he speeds away from a jeering crowd.
Officials say the patient, 42-year-old Arturo Robles Hernandez, later died of his injuries in hospital. A female passenger in the car, 47-year-old Elizabeth Castellanos Gonzalez, had been earlier declared dead at the scene of the crash.
Police say the driver may now face manslaughter charges, if his actions can be proved to have interfered with the treatment that might have saved the passenger's life.
Police spokesman Caetano Hernadez said: "His actions certainly need to be explained.
"But we have to see the result of the victim's autopsy before we make a decision with prosecutors about how to proceed."
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