Man Headed to Hospital in Ambulance Killed in Suspected Drunk-Driver Cadillac Crash: Police

The victim's son was also killed by a drunk driver in 2009 outside his home in East Rockaway, another son told NBC 4

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Glen Cove Police Department

What to Know

  • An 85-year-old man was killed by a suspected drunk-driver while in an ambulance on the way to hospital, police say
  • A 1997 Cadillac hit the ambulance in Glen Cove on Sunday evening, flipping the ambulance
  • A man has been arrested and charged with DWI and vehicular homicide

An 85-year-old man being transported to hospital in an ambulance was killed before he could get there after a suspected drunk driver crashed intohis ambulance in a 1997 Cadillac, police say.

The impact of the crash, which happened at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday night in Glen Cove, flipped the ambulance on its side.

Denis Mortherway, 85, was a retired New York City Police officer, his son told NBC 4. He was a father of five and a grandfather to 10. His son said he was being moved from a rehab facility to the hospital at the time of the crash because he wasn't feeling well. 

Motherway’s son Tim was also killed by a drunk driver in 2009 outside his home in East Rockaway. 

Nassau and Glen Cove police said the ambulance was from private company Ambulanz, and that the driver and EMT suffered minor injuries.

They said the Cadillac driver was identified as Alvarez Gutierrez-Garcia 27, from Locust Valley. He was arrested for DWI and vehicular manslaughter. 

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