An ambulance crew in Flint, Michigan, is under review after they failed to see a man in a crash car who was later found dead.
Around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, emergency officials began getting calls about a car hitting a tree. The police department was unable to send anyone as officers were busy with a homicide investigation and a separate shooting incident, prompting dispatch to send an ambulance crew.
The crew responded to the scene and claimed that the car was empty.
“EMS reported back to us that there was nobody in the car and it was just an abandoned car,” Flint police Chief James Tolbert said. “That's way-low priority."
A second crew arrived around 5:30 a.m. after the crashed car was reported again. They discovered a man dead in the driver’s seat.
It is unclear whether the man was alive when the first crew was dispatched.
“We don't know the exact time of death, but we are gathering as much information as we can and talking to everyone involved,” Tolbert said. “It obviously wasn't the best outcome to an accident. Just trying to find out what part everyone played in it."
The victim was later identified as 28-year-old Cortez Cheathams. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
Photo credit: mlive.com, squad10-9.org