Paramedic dies in fiery Bath Beach motorcycle crash

Police investigate the scene where a 27-year-old paramedic was killed when her motorcycle struck a truck double-parked in Bath Beach.
Photo by Todd Maisel

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.

Maimonides Medical Center paramedics salute their fallen friend. (Photo by Scott Stein)
An EMT from Maimonides is in tears after the crash. (Photo by Todd Maisel)