A patient being transported in an ambulance died in a Fairburn traffic accident on Friday night, November 12th. The Georgia State Patrol said the ambulance driver was under the influence at the time of the Fulton County crash.
According to the Fairburn Police Department, officers arrived at the accident scene along West Campbellton Road near Golightly Street at about 7 p.m. after a single-vehicle accident report. Officers found a 2007 Ford Econoline Prime Care EMS ambulance overturned in a ditch. The police said the patient the ambulance was transporting in a non-emergency capacity died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The Fairburn Police handed the investigation over to the Georgia State Patrol. According to GSP troopers, 34-year-old Kevin T. McCorvey was southbound on West Campbellton Street when he struck the shoulder, causing the ambulance to overturn. The patient, Wilton Thomason, 66, was unrestrained when the crash took place. The GSP determined that the ambulance driver may have been driving under the influence.
McCorvey faces charges of DUI less safe, homicide by vehicle, second degree, failure to maintain lane, and possession of an open container. The ambulance driver appeared in court on Saturday, November 13th, and had his bail denied. He remains in Fulton County Jail.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is heading the investigation into the Fairburn traffic accident. There is no additional information.
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