Patient climbs out of moving ambulance, is killed by car

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York police official says a man suffering from a mental illness unbuckled himself from a stretcher, opened the back door of a moving ambulance, jumped out and was struck and killed by a vehicle that then left the scene.

The Suffolk County police deputy commissioner says 51-year-old Frank Ligrnetta was being taken from Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island to a facility in Amityville on Monday night when he fled.

Police say an attendant was sitting in the back in a jump seat. They say Ligrnetta was sitting upright on a stretcher and was strapped in when he unbuckled himself.

Police say he was struck and killed by a sedan that didn’t stop. No arrest has been made.

It wasn’t clear what mental illness the man had.


This story has been corrected to show that the dateline is spelled Holtsville, not Holtzvile, and that the patient was being taken from, not to, Stony Brook University Hospital.

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