Child dies after paramedics too slow to Detroit accident scene

The boy’s legs were crushed, and he was convulsing.

About 14 years old, the boy was dying at a car accident scene on Detroit’s east side Tuesday evening. Neighbors rushed to the wreckage and tried to resuscitate the boy, another child and the adult driver.

At the scene, an EMS supervisor arrived about seven minutes after the crash and tended to the victims.

After waiting at least 15 minutes for an ambulance that didn’t show up, firefighters placed the seizing boy in a fire truck and rushed to Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The other child also died, and Wednesday morning the driver was in critical condition.

Slow ambulance times are nothing new in Detroit. Although the city received donations of new ambulances last year, they are breaking down at alarming rates, and repairs are slow.

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But help is on the way. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office said 18 new ambulances have been ordered, and 22 new paramedics are expected to be on the streets by the end of the month.

“Five new ambulances will be delivered in August and 13 more by the end of this year,” mayoral spokeswoman Alexis Wiley said. “We will also begin another training academy in August.” 

Police said Tuesday’s car accident happened at 9:20 p.m. The driver, they said, was speeding with the children in the car and crashed into a semi-truck at a high rate of speed. 

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Smartest OneHere

    I am sick and tire of reading about children dying at the hands (or wheels) of irresponsible adults. If I had a 2×4 I’d hit these fools up-side of the head. They disgust me.

  • j a

    It could also be wise to invest in training drivers to drive safely considering that this was, in fact, the cause of the accident.

  • Dust Buster

    they needed more resources. the ambulances and equipment were too old. some rich white suburbanites donated a ton of cash to buy new shiny equipment, yet it didnt solve the problem. some folks demand more equipment. some of the same people that demand more equipment bitch about the rich white suburbanites that are the corporate raiders that take corporate welfare and just destroyt lives as they go to the bank not giving a shit about the “poor”

    this message brought to you by the democrats, unionistas and afro racists that have gotten rich off of your blood, pride, dignity and self reliance

  • GL

    It’s easy to say cruel things when you can hide behind an alias. Fed up is proving that.

  • John Roach

    RESPONSE FROM THE CITY OF DETROIT…..Steve, please update your story to reflect these facts…..

    The EMS Supervisor arrived to the scene in 7 minutes. The EMS crew arrived to the scene in 9 minutes. They immediately began assisting 2 of the critical victims. The supervisor asked the squad to transport the most critical patient to the hospital. Sadly, that young man did not survive.

    We are working hard to fix Detroit’s EMS system and deliver service that meets the national standard. Our goal is to be there by the end of this year. 22 EMTs are going through the certification process right now and are scheduled to be on the streets by the end of this month. 5 new ambulances will be delivered in August and 13 more by the end of this year. We will also begin another training academy in August.

  • Marian Pyszko

    This is why you can’t have a “great city” of 600,000 residents that was built for 2 million. Response times are too great. I thought Mayor Bing during his first year was to cut off services to much of the city and force people to move into clusters? Simply put, Detroit is too large to manage with the reduced resources it has.

  • bebow

    Roger and Fed, examine yourselves.

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    Of course..his parents could have been smart enough to move back to Africa, making him eligible for the excellent healthcare that a village witch doctor could provide !!!

    • Jill Drnek

      Jesus, are you seriously poking jokes at a dead child? WTF is wrong with you? Are you so miserable you’re too cowardly to end it for yourself? Hes not a political candidate, he’s not even a celebrity. You were a young person once, or maybe you were hatched from demon spawn, because I don’t think you have a soul.

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    Roger….you are so right ! But if he was he wouldn’t be able to be President.

  • Roger Wade

    He should have been smart enough to be born white.

    • Jill Drnek

      Boy, trolling on dead children. You truly hate your existence, don’t you. Do us all a favor and end it, then.