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Stolen Paramedic Vehicle Kills Man in Crash

Stolen Paramedic Vehicle Kills Man in Crash

Vineland authorities on Tuesday investigate a fatal crash that killed an 81-year-old man. Police say his van was hit by a stolen paramedic vehicle. AP

Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

March 31, 2010

VINELAND, NJ — An 81-year-old Vineland man was killed this morning in a collision with a stolen Underwood-Memorial Hospital paramedic SUV that was fleeing police, authorities said.

Alfred Costantino, 81, was pronounced dead at the crash scene, at the intersections of Holmes and Chestnut avenues, said Vineland Det. Lt. Thomas Ulrich.

The driver of the stolen 2000 Dodge Durango, Michael D. Jones, of Bridgeton, was taken to the South Jersey Regional Medical Center and later released into the custody of authorities, Ulrich said.

Three Vineland police cars were involved in the chase at some point, Ulrich said.

Many details were unclear. Police said they received a call from the State Police around 9 a.m. that the stolen paramedic vehicle might be in the Vineland area.

The SUV had been parked at the Franklinville Fire Company was stolen from there, said Fire Chief Dana DeCesari.

Ulrich said the first Vineland officer spotted the SUV by the South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in the 1500 block of West Sherman Avenue. The officer called in the sighting and gave chase, Ulrich said.

He didn’t have details of how long that pursuit lasted until the officer lost contact around Sherman Avenue and College Drive, Ulrich said. Two separate officers then picked up the chase at Delsea Drive and Chestnut Avenue, Ulrich said. The SUV was eastbound on Chestnut.

He said a shift supervisor called off the pursuit before the fatal crash, Ulrich said. He didn’t have details on how long the second pursuit lasted, and how long afterward the crash happened, only that it was a “short time after.”



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