Ambulance Patient Killed in Crash


OK City, OK – A Blanchard woman who was a patient in an ambulance was killed when the driver crashed in southwest Oklahoma City early Wednesday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Carolyn D. Koch, 66, died at the scene due to a head injury. She was thrown from the ambulance when it rolled and came apart about 12:10 a.m.

Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said Wednesday morning the driver may have been speeding.

Matthew B. Erickson, 32, of Yukon, who drove the ambulance, was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in good condition.

Another passenger, paramedic Chelsea M. Stewart, 28, of Norman, was taken to OU Medical Center where she was admitted in good condition and treated for back injuries. She was also thrown from the ambulance during the crash.

The ambulance was from St. Anthony Hospital. A spokeswoman, Sandra Payne released a statement Wednesday.

Payne states that the emergency medical team was transporting a patient from St. Anthony Healthplex South to their main campus downtown for further observation when the accident occurred. The two St. Anthony staff members in the ambulance, an EMT and a paramedic, were taken to OU Medical Center.