BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, NY – A man was killed and his sister was critically injured in Sumner Houses early yesterday morning when a fire truck collided with the back of the ambulance in which they were riding.
According to CBS New York, the accident happened near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Throop Avenue at about 1 a.m., as EMS was transporting the victim, 59-year-old Jamil “Mike” Almansouri, to the hospital after suffering what is believed to have been a heart attack.
The fire truck struck the driver’s side of the ambulance, which then was pushed into an SUV. Almansouri died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
His 35-year-old sister, who had gone with him in the ambulance to support her brother, was sent to the hospital in critical condition. Two people inside the SUV received minor injuries in the collision. Six firefighters and two paramedics are in stable condition.
Almansouri, a grandfather and a father of five, was described by a neighbor as “a good person, beautiful soul.” His grandson, Khaled Kassim, described Almansouri as “a good grandpa” who gave him everything he needed.
The family only found out about the fatal crash when Almansouri’s sister, who is herself a mother of four, stopped responding to her text messages. Her husband followed the GPS of the phone, which was left in the ambulance, and then discovered what had happened.
The victims’ family owned a deli about a mile away from the crash, which has been the site of a community memorial made to honor Almansouri.
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