Calgary, AB,

Police lay charges after paramedic struck with car

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man following a hit and run involving a paramedic who was responding to an emergency call.

At approximately 9 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, an ambulance with its emergency lights activated was parked in the 1-100 block of Hillgrove Drive S.W. While a paramedic was loading equipment and preparing to transport a patient, it is alleged that a silver Mercedes-Benz sedan stopped for a moment and then quickly accelerated by the ambulance, hitting the paramedic who had not yet cleared the road.

The paramedic continued to help his patient and then was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers searched the area and located the vehicle parked at a nearby residence. A man inside the residence who matched the description of the driver was taken into custody.

Kenneth MURAWESKI, 69, of Calgary, is charged with one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident that involved bodily harm.

The Calgary Police Service is reminding citizens that emergency vehicles with lights activated need to be passed with care. When emergency personnel are working close to or in a lane of traffic, drivers must follow first responders’ instructions and stop if it is not safe to pass. When passing an emergency vehicle in the lane immediately next to it, drivers must drive no faster than 60 km/h or the speed limit, whichever is slower.

Case #19031991/5580