VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police say an 88-year-old woman died following a crash involving a Virginia Beach EMS vehicle Tuesday morning.
Paramedics took Doris Virginia Baxter to the hospital, where she died of her injuries.
The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. on Lynnhaven Parkway, near the North Mall Shopping Center. Police closed the road for about three hours while they investigated.
Investigators say a Dodge Intrepid was making a left turn from Lynnhaven Parkway northbound to North Mall Drive when an EMS SUV traveling southbound hit it.
A man who works near the crash scene said firefighters had to cut Baxter out of the Dodge.
“It was catastrophic, that’s all I can say,” said Clinton Bray, who saw the aftermath. “It was bad, really, really bad.”
The driver, a 29-year-old woman, survived with minor injuries.
Brigade Chief Jeffrey L. Brennaman was driving the EMS vehicle to the city garage when the crash happened, according to city officials.
They said Brennaman, an EMS employee of 31 years, has been reassigned to administrative duties during the investigation.
“This is a tragedy, and I extend heartfelt condolences to everyone involved,” interim EMS Chief Ed Brazle said. “Consistent with the City’s administrative directives, I have reassigned Chief Brennaman to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.”
Brazle said he could not comment on Brennaman’s driving record. Brennaman’s name did not show up in a search of Virginia Beach court records.
A spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Police Department did not comment on which driver had the right-of-way, or when the investigation would be complete.
Investigators are asking for witnesses to the crash to contact police at Special Operations, 385-4606, or at Communications, 385-5000. The lead investigator is MPO D. Pierce.
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