An ambulette driver from Bronx County has been indicted in the death of an 86-year-old nursing home resident.
Former medical transport driver Juan Garcia is charged with criminally negligent homicide after a passenger was ejected from her wheelchair during a transport and was seriously injured.
Garcia admitted that, when transporting the woman from an appointment back to Gold Crest Care Center, he failed to buckle her seatbelt. After the passenger was thrown from her wheelchair and fell to the floor, he did not take her to a hospital, and instead returned her to the nursing home. She was later hospitalized.
She died from complications from her injuries and surgery one month later.
Garcia was also charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
"This ambulette driver was entrusted with the well-being of his wheelchair-bound patient. Had he taken the most basic safety precautions, this vulnerable nursing home resident would not have died in this horrific way," Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement to CNYcentral. "My office will hold medical providers accountable for criminal negligence."
Garcia faces up to four years in prison.