Investigation finds ‘no unprofessional conduct’ in response to fatal hit-and-run

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A state investigation into the medical response to a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a Providence teacher has found there was “no unprofessional conduct” involved.

The Rhode Island Department of Health began the investigation three weeks after Mount Pleasant High School teacher Ann Marie Dansicker was struck and killed outside the school Dec. 9 .

The probe was in reaction to media scrutiny regarding the response times of ambulances to the scene. Reports in December indicated it took 18 minutes from the time of the 911 call for a free ambulance from Central Falls to arrive on scene.

A review of city logs by Eyewitness News revealed that Providence Engine 15, an advanced life support truck carrying dual-trained firefighter and EMT personnel, arrived four minutes after the 911 call.

About a minute after their arrival, the Central Falls rescue was dispatched.

The standard, according to the National Fire Protection association, is “eight minutes or less for the arrival of an advanced life support unit at an emergency medical incident, where this service is provided by the fire department.”

Reports in December also suggested improper medical treatment at the scene, in which the health department found no wrongdoing.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare released a statement last month, saying, “our EMT-C Firefighters responded quickly, followed proper protocol, and determined that the patient was medically stable.”

The driver who struck Dansicker fled the scene, according to police, but later walked into Providence Police headquarters and admitted to hitting a pedestrian. The 19-year-old was cited but has not been charged with a crime.

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