2 Killed, Including 9/11 First Responder, When Car Slams into Ambulance on Staten Island

The crash happened near the intersection of Seacrest Ave. and Hyland Blvd. on Staten Island

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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Driver, EMT Killed When Car Hits Ambulance

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Two people, including a 9/11 first responder and retired firefighter, were killed when a car crossed the median and slammed into a moving ambulance on Staten Island Monday evening, police said

A BMW was traveling near Seacrest Avenue and Hyland Boulevard at about 7 p.m. when it hit the ambulance, police said. The driver of the car, Benjamin Budzaku, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The emergency medical technician driving the ambulance was pinned inside the vehicle and taken to Staten Island University Hospital in cardiac arrest, police said. The EMT, identified as David Restuccio, was pronounced dead.

Restuccio retired eight years ago from the FDNY. He was among the first responders to the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

He and a second EMT were transporting a patient to the hospital when the accident happened. A patient inside the ambulance had minor injuries, as did the other EMT, according to authorities. 

Police are continuing to investigate. 

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