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Family of patient killed in I-40 ambulance crash sues for wrongful death

Metro Police

The family of a woman killed in a crash on I-40 in Nashville is suing for wrongful death and is seeking a trial to determine compensatory damages.

Patient Nyema Jackson, 36 of Jackson, was killed in the crash near Charlotte Pike on Friday night. Paramedic Zach Pruitt, 36, of Humboldt was also killed.

Both the victims were ejected from the back of the West Tennessee Health Care/Jackson-Madison County General Hospital ambulance, as it left the roadway while negotiating a curve and hit a rock wall, according to police.

The driver of the ambulance, Deborah Schichetel, told police that she hydroplaned. Police say the preliminary cause of the crash is excessive speed and weather conditions.

Now, Jackson's ex-husband is suing West Tennessee Healthcare Inc. and Schichetel on behalf of her two children. The lawsuit claims the ambulance driver was also violating Tennessee laws concerning emergency vehicles, due care and reckless driving - saying Schichetel's excessive speed caused the crash.

Jackson's daughter is now living with her dad, Maurice Ingram, which is Jackson's ex-husband, in Chicago. Ingram said he filed instant action in this case to benefit both Jackson's daughter and son.

The family is suing for compensatory damages to be determined by a jury and court costs associated with the trial.



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