A 27-year-old off-duty paramedic died after her motorcycle smashed into a double-parked truck and burst into flames in Bath Beach Thursday morning, according to police.
The paramedic assigned to Maimonides Medical Center was riding northbound on Bay 35th Street near Benson Avenue at 11:30 am, when she struck the empty, unoccupied truck, cops said.
Rescuers rushed to the scene to find the bike in flames and the woman, who suffered burns and other severe injuries, sprawled on the pavement. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim’s fellow gathered at the scene after learning the woman worked as an EMT. After an initial examination by the Medical Examiner, a long line of Maimonides Medical Center ambulance workers lined up and saluted her as an ambulance drove her away.
It was unclear at this time what the truck was doing parked on Bay 35th Street, but police say he was a private contractor. It was not clear at this time if the truck would be receiving any summonses, or why the woman hit the truck in the first place.