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Driver of Oklahoma Ambulance Charged with Manslaughter

Above photo a screenshot from the KFOR-TV report.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Charges have been filed in the 2017 ambulance crash that killed a patient being transported to the hospital, according to a report.

Matthew Erickson, 35, was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter. Court records indicate Erickson, the driver of the ambulance, was “driving in a reckless manner, consistent with a ‘drunk driver'” before veering off the side of the highway in August 2017, according to KFOR-TV.

The patient, 66-year-old Carolyn Koch of Blanchard, and a paramedic, were ejected. Koch later died at the hospital while the unnamed paramedic suffered serious injuries.

Erickson wasn’t hurt, according to the report.

Investigators said at the time the ambulance was traveling at 90 mph.

Watch the report below.

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