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    Unhappy Crash kills medics

    This one hit close to home, RIP Heidi and Bill.



    Two emergency responders rushing a man with apparent heart problems to a Riverhead hospital yesterday were killed when the ambulance driver lost control in Aquebogue and slammed into a tree, town police said.

    The accident took the lives of Heidi Behr, 23, a single mother who was a volunteer emergency medical technician, and Bill Stone, 30, of Rocky Point, who was engaged to be married and had been working for several months as a paid paramedic responder.

    "It's horrible," Behr's mother, June Behr, said yesterday from her Riverhead home, where her daughter also lived.

    "It's terrible. It's disheartening. It's very scary," said David Brenner, chairman of the Suffolk Regional EMS Council. "The reality is that it can happen to us. I'm sure there will be a massive turnout at the funerals."

    The driver of the ambulance, Eric Maas, 29, and the patient, Joseph Wowack, 67, were both taken to Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead, police said. Both were listed in stable condition last night.

    Police said last night they were still investigating the accident, which occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Route 25 near Church Lane, and released few details about what caused it. However, a Riverhead official and a Riverhead Town Volunteer Ambulance Corps member who asked not to be named said they had been told the ambulance had swerved to avoid a truck.

    According to the official, the ambulance was traveling west with its sirens blaring behind the truck, which moved toward the right shoulder. The ambulance driver, apparently thinking the truck was moving out of the away, started to pass it on the left - but the truck, rather than moving aside, was beginning a wide left turn, and the ambulance then had to swerve to avoid a collision.

    The technicians had just responded to a home nearby where they had picked up the patient and were headed west on Route 25 to Central Suffolk Hospital.

    The crash ripped off the passenger side of the white and blue-striped ambulance and scattered medical equipment, masks, tubing, boxes and metal shards across the roadway.

    Afterward, police closed off a half-mile stretch of the county road as investigators began combing through the wreckage. They remained at the scene into the early evening hours.

    Both Behr and Stone were in the back of the ambulance caring for the patient when it struck the tree.

    "It often happens that the patient comes out the best in this situation because they're always buckled in and you're in the back working with them, giving them oxygen," Brenner said. "You try to stay buckled in but sometimes you have to get out of your seat and that puts you in jeopardy."

    Two men working at a gas station to the west of the accident, Dan Vail and Joe Brynda, said they did not see it happen, although Vail said he had heard the siren as the ambulance went east on its last run to respond to an emergency.

    Brynda said that portion of the road was notoriously dangerous for motorists. "It's just a bad hill. There's a curve in the road," Brynda said.

    Officials said Behr was pronounced dead at Central Suffolk Hospital and Stone at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he had been taken by helicopter.

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    Rest in peace. God give their families and friends peace and comfort.

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    Very sad to hear
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    Hate too hear that.

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    BUMP>>>, I can't believe I had to bump this.
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    RIP Heidi and Bill.
    To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

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    GO WHITE SOX!!!!!

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    When will apparatus and bus drivers going to learn that speed kills.

    Sorry for their lost. RIP


    It was preventable!



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    Rest in peace, brother and sister.
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