Ambulance Worker, 22, Loses Life On Last Day At Job
It was supposed to be her last shift as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) but instead the 22 year old lost her life while travelling to her final call.
Hinal Patel was a 22-year-old EMT who was set to go to graduate school in the fall.
Dedicating herself to medicine and helping others, Patel worked as a paramedic, saving lives, although the ultimate goal was to go further into the medical field.
Alongside her EMT partner Mark Seube, 24, she responded to a call in New Jersey on Saturday morning.
Seube was driving, while Patel was sitting in the front passenger seat.
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With sirens blazing and emergency lights in full force they continued through an intersection but unawares to them, a 2013 Toyota Prius was also heading through the cross roads at the same time.
Unable to stop, the Prius, driven by Kathleen Meade, 58, forced the ambulance to overturn and crash into oncoming traffic.
While both Seube and Meade were taken to hospital, neither sustained serious injuries.
Patel, however, lost her life.
"She's saved thousands and thousands of people. I just wish someone had a chance to help her," her friend Bianca Patel (no relation) told NJ.com.
"She had said 'Today's going to be a long day,'" Bianca said. "That was her Snapchat. It was supposed to be her last day on call."
Her brother also spoke highly of his sister and her love of medicine.
"She really loved medicine," Neel said.
"Some people just do this EMT stuff to make it look good on their resume or whatever. But she was truly passionate about (being an) EMT and what she was doing."
The police report read as follows:
Both Mark Seube and Hinal Patel are EMTs with Spotswood EMS. The EMTs were responding to assist East Brunswick Rescue Squad as mutual aid at a motor vehicle crash with injuries in East Brunswick Township. Initial investigation revealed the ambulance, a 2008 Ford van, was traveling west on Ryders Lane at intersection with Cranbury Road. The vehicle had its emergency lights and sirens activated. The ambulance proceeded through the intersection and was struck by a 2013 Toyota Prius traveling south on Cranbury Road operated by Kathleen Meade of East Brunswick, NJ. The ambulance overturned and slid into a 2011 Subaru Legacy that was stopped on Ryders Lane in the east bound lanes operated by Kristen Fahrman of East Brunswick, NJ. The ambulance passenger, Hinal Patel, was killed as a result of the collision.