The Ambulance Paramedics of BC describes the coroner’s reports into the deaths of two paramedics four years ago as “offensive” and “reckless.”
President Bronwyn Barter says the coroner’s report indicates driver Jo-Ann Fuller “likely fell asleep” at the wheel after transferring a patient from Tofino to Port Alberni before the ambulance drifted off highway four and tumbled down a 33-metre embankment into a lake.
“Not only was the coroner’s report four years after the fact, it was very untimely, it was offensive, and I think in talking with the family, they agree with the word offensive as well, because the report contains alot of speculation, and not alot of fact.”
She adds “Unless you have the facts of what actually happened that day, or there was a witness, that’s when I think someone can conclude what actually happened, but I think it’s a little but flagrant and reckless to make that kind of speculation in a coroner’s report.”
The report says 59-year-old Fuller and 65-year-old Ivan Polivka had just finished transporting a patient from Tofino to Port Alberni when the ambulance drifted off the highway and tumbled down a 33 meter embankment into a lake.
Both first responders died in the accident.