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Family Reacts to Verdict in Ambulance Collision


Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Lynchburg, VA- A Lynchburg family is heartbroken over the verdict in a deadly ambulance crash.

In May,  Dean Anders, 69, died after his pickup collided with a Campbell County ambulance. Ambulance driver Justin Kidd, 25, was convicted this week of improper driving. He was fined $25.

Dean's daughter Tammy Sherlin was so upset she could only speak to ABC 13 News by phone on Thursday. Sherlin says her family holds Kidd responsible for her father's death, and they can't understand this verdict.

The accident happened at the intersection of Campbell and Florida Avenues on May 3. When Kidd entered the intersection, he did not have any sirens or lights on. But he maintains he had the green light at the time.

Anders' family was expecting a stronger charge, like involuntary manslaughter. But defense Attorney Joseph Sanzone says there was no evidence to support a stronger charge. He says in order for involuntary manslaughter to be applied, someone would have to commit a crime that lead to someone's death. And in this case, the judge believes Kidd did not run a red light.

"Clearly my client was traveling below the speed limit probably and the other gentleman was not traveling at the excessive speed. There are other problems at intersection, and this was a rather ordinary problem with a terrible result," said Sanzone.

Sanzone pointed out there were a lot of conflicting viewpoints in the case. Some witnesses say they saw a red light during the accident others disagreed. Those are also things that factored into this verdict. Kidd is still working with the Campbell County Public Safety, and is on administrative duty.

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