BATTLE CREEK, MI – Three people are dead today after a vehicle slamed into an ambulance in Battle Creek.
On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at approximately 1am Battle Creek Police Officers responded to a triple fatal accident at North Ave and Garfield.
The accident occurred when a Lifecare Ambulance was traveling northbound on North Ave running lights and siren with a cardiac arrest patient in the back.
It appears a passenger vehicle, being driven by Shirley Ann Stokes, 61-years-old, was traveling westbound on Garfield when she ran the flashing red light and struck the ambulance. Shirley Stokes was killed on impact and the adult male passenger, James Earl Stokes, 54-years-old, died at scene of the crash. The cardiac patient, David Lynn Simpson, 74-years-old, was transferred to another ambulance and taken to Battle Creek Bronson ER. He died at the hospital moments later.
The at-fault driver, Shirley Stokes, had a number of violations on her driving record, but none appear to have involved alcohol. Her license had been suspended since 2009 before being reinstated on Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
The Battle Creek Fire Department assisted with the accident and extrication. The Battle Creek Police accident reconstruction team was on scene to take over the investigation.
Speed and alcohol are both possible causes for the accident.