Police Officer Brandon Tsai was killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle with a fraudulent temporary tag at about 10:45 pm. The vehicle fled when Officer Tsai attempted to stop it at the intersection of SW 3rd Street and Pioneer Parkway. Officer Tsai and another officer pursued the vehicle for approximately five miles until it slowed suddenly to turn. Officer Tsai's patrol car made contact with the patrol car in front of him as they both attempted to slow down as well. The impact caused Officer Tsai's patrol car to turn on its side and strike a utility pole. Officer Tsai was transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee but the driver was arrested two days later. Officer Tsai had served with the Grand Prairie Police Department for 11 months and had previously served with the Los Angeles Police Department, California, for five years.
Central EMS EMT-Intermediate Gina Ayres, 57, died after her ambulance was hit head-on by a vehicle Thursday morning while responding to a call, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Shortly before 7 a.m., the Central EMS ambulance was traveling east on Ga. 20, with its lights and siren activated and was in the turn lane, according to the Georgia State Patrol. A tractor-trailer pulling a tanker trailer yielded to the ambulance and stopped. But the driver of a Ford Mustang had been following the tractor-trailer too closely and the driver swerved into the turn lane to avoid the trailer and struck the ambulance, investigators said. A Dodge Ram truck that had been behind the Mustang also was hit.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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