A Bronx man accused of fatally hitting a paramedic with his own ambulance in 2017 was found fit to stand trial in a reversal of a previous verdict, prosecutors said.
Health experts examining Jose Gonzalez at the state’s Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center in New Hampton found that he was “no longer an incapacitated person,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement Wednesday.
Gonzalez, 31, was charged with felony counts including first-degree murder after he allegedly ran over EMT Yadira Arroyo in the Bronx in March 2017, but a judge ruled him unfit to stand trial last May, the Bureau said prosecutor with.
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- A Bronx man accused of fatally hitting a paramedic with his own ambulance in 2017 was found fit to stand trial in a reversal of a previous verdict, prosecutors said
- Jose Gonzalez has been charged with felonies including first-degree murder after allegedly running over EMT Yadira Arroyo in the Bronx in March 2017
- A judge last May initially deemed him unfit to stand trial, the Bronx Attorney’s Office said. The new medical verdict will see him appear in court on September 29
The new medical verdict will see him appear in court on September 29, the prosecutor’s office added. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.
“When Jose Gonzalez was found unfit to stand trial, we said that was by no means the end of this indictment,” Clark said in her statement. “We thank her family and her FDNY colleagues for their patience and support as we continue to achieve justice for Yadi.”
Arroyo, a 14-year FDNY veteran, was driving an ambulance in the Bronx on March 16, 2017 when Gonzalez started riding on his bumper, prosecutors said.
As the ambulance approached an intersection in Soundview, Gonzalez jumped to the ground and grabbed a man’s backpack, and that man motioned to Arroyo for help, according to prosecutors.
As the paramedic got out of the ambulance, Gonzalez impounded the vehicle and turned it over, hitting Arroyo as she tried to stop him, the prosecutor’s office said.
Gonzalez was under the influence of PCP and marijuana, according to prosecutors.
In a statement provided to NY1 in March 2017, his then-lawyer claimed he had a “serious mental illness,” adding that “nothing that happened was intentional.”
However, Arroyo’s family members and former colleagues questioned whether this was the case.
“Many of us attend every court hearing. Our unions are fighting and have everyone firing,” FDNY EMS Lieutenant Miguel Flores said at a vigil Arroyo’s family held for them in March 2021. “Justice must be served, and that is not easy.”
In a statement released Wednesday, FDNY EMS Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay, whose union represents paramedics, paramedics and fire inspectors, said members had “waited for five long years for justice and thought all hope was lost because this man violated the system.” played”.
“Now there is light at the end of the tunnel and the murder of our sister Yadira Arroyo can be justified,” Barzilay added.