2012-08-22 / Front Page

Auto Accident Victims Including 8-Day Old Infant Wait Almost Two Hours For Emergency Services Following Two Calls To 911

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES

Paramedic escorts physically shaken Maria Mora(27), mother of 8-day old Juaquin, to the ambulance that arrived more than two hours after the crash on the entrance ramp to the LIE at Horace harding Expressway and College Point Blvd.Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES Paramedic escorts physically shaken Maria Mora(27), mother of 8-day old Juaquin, to the ambulance that arrived more than two hours after the crash on the entrance ramp to the LIE at Horace harding Expressway and College Point Blvd.On Tuesday August 21 at about 3:15 in the afternoon a black Honda 

Civic driven by a resident of Elmhurst struck a Toyota Highlander driven
by Marta Valasquez, a Flushing women who was carrying her sister Maria Mora(27) and her new 8-day old nephew, Juaquin, in the back seat.
The Highlander had minor visible damages but the Honda had major
damages with the front end looking like an accordion.
What makes this apparently typical bump and dent collision of interest
is the fact that Marta Valasquez, called 911 from her cell phone at 3:22pm, and an hour later when no police or EMS responded to the accident scene she dialed 911 again on her iPhone only to have the call and report to a 911 dispatcher ignored a second time as evidenced by no police or EMS sent to the accident scene.
 More than two hours following the accident a Manhattan bound NYPD
van from Manhattan North traffic detail was passing the accident site and pulled over to inquire if anyone was injured.
The driver of the Honda Civic did not speak English but the driver of the Highlander, a native of Ecuador, clearly described what happened and her concern about her newborn 8-day old nephew who was being nursed by his mother when the police arrived .
The officers called in the accident requesting an ambulance for the 8-day old infant and his mother.
A few minutes following the call from the Manhattan traffic detail another patrol car arrived and determined that an ambulance was needed.  Within minutes of their call an ambulance arrived.
Following a preliminary examination of the two passengers in the back
seat the mother was escorted to the ambulance and the infant was
carried in the car seat as well to the ambulance for further
examination. The question we need to ask is why did it take more than two calls to
911 for assistance and even then no emergency assistance for more
than two hours following the accident, until by pure chance, police
passing by stopped to offer help if needed.

 

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