No Jail for Okla. Ambulance Driver in Fatal Crash

The ambulance was going 83 mph when it hit a vehicle killing the driver.


A former ambulance driver involved in a crash that killed a civilian won't be spending time behind bars.

Benjamin W. Samples, 38, pleaded no contest to negligent homicide in connection with the 2011 wreck, according to The Daily Oklahoman. 

Samples was given a one year suspended sentence and no community service. The prosecution wanted 90 days in jail while the family wanted a year, the paper reported.

Documents showed the EMT was driving 83 mph in a 40 mph zone when the ambulance hit a Toyota Scion making a left turn. Fidel Mesa-Solis was killed.

He was fired by the Emergency Medical Services Authority later that month.

Samples is working to become a registered nurse.