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Virginia EMS Provider Convicted after Ambulance Wreck

KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — William Vincent Watson,  of Stafford, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after he ran a red light while driving an ambulance in 2018 and killed a woman.

The 42-year-old was also convicted of reckless driving and running a red light but remains free on bond until his sentencing in May, the Free Lance-Star reports. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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Witnesses said Watson ran off the road before reaching the intersection and never slowed the rig down. The ambulance had its emergency lights on, but no siren.

Watson testified the sun was in his eyes and he didn’t know he was in the intersection at the time of the crash until hitting the other car. His lawyers said the crash was an accident.

Prosecutors said Watson should have slowed down if he had the sun in his eyes.