Sunday, December 04, 2005

Crash mistake to face probe; Doctor, paramedics incorrectly ruled wreck victim dead


DOVER - The state Division of Public Health has asked for an additional investigation of the medical response to a fatal accident on Del. 1 last month in which a Frederica woman was mistakenly pronounced dead.

Two Kent County paramedics and a physician responding to the Nov. 19 crash pronounced Brenda Lee Pitner, 42, dead about 6:10 a.m.

Ms. Pitner was pinned under her vehicle, which rotated 180 degrees after hitting the pickup and continued approximately 50 feet southward before coming to a stop.

Medical responders pronounced Ms. Pitner dead at about 6:10 a.m., but Delaware state troopers investigating the crash found her alive about an hour later.

Emergency crews were called back and rescuers from Dover's Robbins Hose Co. freed Ms. Pitner from her car. She was flown to Christiana Hospital near Wilmington, where she was treated for a cut to her head.


At 9:28 AM, Blogger G.T. Grissom said...

I am the oldest son of the man who was killed in this crash. My father was going fishing early in the morning on his day off, when he was struck and killed by Brenda Lee Pitner's vehicle. She was legally under the influence. My father was fixing a boat strap that he undoubtedly triple checked to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. It took an unimaginable driving maneuver to hit him where he was positioned on a large shoulder, just outside of a toll booth. There were many criminal actions committed by Brenda Lee Pitner before she was mistakenly pronounced dead. Paramedics encountered a horrific scene, where the survival of anyone would be a miracle. Brenda Lee Pitner was mistakenly pronounced dead but she is not a victim in this incident.


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