A woman has been charged with manslaughter after she allegedly went through a red light and a crashed into an ambulance in Perth, inflicting fatal injuries to an elderly patient.
The 30-year-old Beechboro resident was initially charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm over the crash in Dianella last week, which caused the ambulance to roll on its side.
The 87-year-old woman in the ambulance died in hospital three days later and on Tuesday the charge was upgraded to manslaughter.
The alleged driver was also charged with one count of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and driving without a licence.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, and will likely take place from her hospital bedside.
Six people were taken to hospital after the crash at the intersection of Alexander Drive and Woodrow Avenue.
Police will allege a white Hyundai Getz was travelling on the wrong side of the road and went through a red light before crashing into the St John ambulance about 2.30am.
A 24-year-old woman in the car is in intensive care while the 30-year-old driver is in a stable condition. Both were taken to Royal Perth Hospital.
A nine-year-old child who was also in the car was taken to Perth Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.
Two paramedics in the ambulance were able to give first aid to others before they were taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. They were discharged a short time later.
Anyone who witnessed the crash can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.
Source: The West Australian