Crystin Rheanne Keys, 21 of Chattanooga, turned herself into the Floyd County Jail on Wednesday to face a charge of homicide by vehicle in the 2nd degree.
Reports said that Keys was driving an ambulance when she fell asleep at the wheel. Reports said that the ambulance wrecked and in the process killing a passenger, Tony Patterson, in the process.
According to Keys attorney McCracken Poston, “Ms. Keys is still very injured from the accident. It has been very difficult for her to move around, as well as emotionally distraught for not only the family of Mr. Patterson, but her injured co-worker as well. We have made bond for Ms. Keys so she will be going home today (Wednesday).”
Poston added, “There are no evidence in any external factor. There were no drugs or alcohol involved in anyway in the accident. There were however, other issues that we will look at during the course of the trial. Mrs. Keys is five weeks pregnant as well as being diagnosed with prolonged QT syndrome.”
Reports said that one person was killed in a wreck near Berry College involving a Puckett EMS ambulance Friday.
Authorities said that the wreck occurred just before 5 am Friday.
The ambulance was traveling south when it left the road, traveled close to 300 yards, flipped end over end, hit a tree before coming to rest on its side.
Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor identified the victim as 55-year-old Tony Patterson of Rome.
Patterson was being transported from a Lafayette nursing home where he was rehabbing to Floyd Medical Center for treatment.
The driver of the ambulance, a 21 year-old female, and the medic in the back of the vehicle were injured, but are in stable condition.
Reports said that the driver admitted to falling asleep.
Charges are pending.