A Queens man rammed into an emergency medical technician and a patient because the first responder wouldn’t move his ambulance fast enough, authorities said Friday.
Kevin Green, 34, is facing assault charges for the Thanksgiving attack on W. 151st St. near Amsterdam Ave in Washington Heights.
A 55-year-old EMT for New York-Presbyterian Hospital was loading a man with difficulty breathing into the back of his ambulance when Green asked him to move so he could get down the street, police sources said.
The EMT asked Green to wait and the two started arguing, cops said.
Outraged, Green returned to his Nissan Altima and rammed the ambulance, injuring both the EMT and his 67-year-old patient, who suffered a broken leg. Both were taken to Columbia University Medical Center.
Police took Green, of Queens, into custody. His arraignment was pending at Manhattan Criminal Court Friday afternoon.
Sources with knowledge of the case said Green has been arrested a handful of times for driving on a suspended license and other motor vehicle offenses and was once arrested for attacking an on-duty school safety agent.
Although the injured EMT worked for a private hospital, FDNY EMS Union President Oren Barzilay said he was glad the medic was not seriously hurt.
“Regardless of what uniform we all wear, the danger in the streets is always out there,” Barzilay said. “The incident could have ended tragically. Although he doesn’t work for us, we are grateful to know that our EMS brother is OK.”
Barzilay is also gratified to know that Green has been arrested, he said.
“We hope the courts will push through with all charges against this individual,” he said. “Assaults on any first responders should not be tolerated.”
“The public is getting bolder and bolder,” he said. “When they see no actions by the courts, what’s going to stop the next individual from killing us?”