Man driving wrong way hits ambulance transporting child

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A vehicle struck an ambulance transporting a child to the hospital Thursday night, causing the ambulance to flip over and strike a parked car.

The Rural Metro ambulance was transporting a child to Women and Children’s Hospital when it was hit at Ashland Avenue and Bryant Street by a vehicle driving the wrong way down Ashland. The child was taken by a second ambulance to a nearby hospital. In addition, two Rural Metro workers suffered bumps and bruises in the crash.

Buffalo Police say 25-year-old Jeremy Parrilla of Buffalo was arrested in connection to the crash.

A neighbor who lives on the corner says he heard the sound of the accident and came outside. He says Parrilla continued to drive the wrong way down Ashland Avenue after the accident and hit a parked car before getting out of his vehicle and attempting to hide in a nearby backyard. Another neighbor eventually chased him out, where police were waiting for him.

Neighbor Roger Schroeder said, “He was without shoes and running fast when he came out of the yard. I don’t think he had life threatening injuries; his air bag deployed in his vehicle.”

Parrilla is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene of an injury accident and other charges.

Everyone injured in the accident was taken to ECMC, where they were treated and released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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