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.

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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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