Crime

Ambulance driver indicted

LOUISVILLE — A grand jury in Louisville has indicted an ambulance driver on a murder charge for an ambulance crash in which a patient died.

Tammy Renee Brewer also was charged with assault, driving under the influence, wanton criminal endangerment and criminal mischief.

According to the indictment, Brewer operated the ambulance under the influence of intoxicants and swerved off the roadway.

Prosecutor Thomas. A. Van De Rostyne did not know whether she had an attorney.

The estate of Vickey Whobrey, 57, a patient who was in the ambulance being treated for a persistent nose bleed, filed a lawsuit against Brewer, the city of Louisville and others, alleging negligence in Whobrey's death in April 2008.

The lawsuit says she died from injuries suffered in the crash.

A spokeswoman for the mayor's office said Brewer was suspended without pay on Thursday.

Brewer is to be arraigned Monday.

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