Fatal Car Crash Involving Ambulance


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Brighton, NY – An ambulance transporting a patient from the Jewish Home in Brighton on its way to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Sunday afternoon was struck by a vehicle. The patient being transported in that ambulance died as a result of the crash and two others were injured, according to Brighton Police.

According to police, 82-year-old Erwin Leonard had been picked up at the Jewish Home by ambulance and was being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital at around 2 p.m. Sunday.

The ambulance was heading north on South Winton Road when it was struck by a car while attempting to turn onto the 590 ramp, said police.

Leonard and two Rural Metro employees were injured as a result of the crash and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, according to police.

Police said the two workers suffered only minor injuries, but Leonard died as a result of the crash.

The two occupants of the car, Edith Warner, 84, and Abe Levitt, 98, were also taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where they were reported to be in satisfactory condition as of Sunday evening.

(Source: News10 WHEC)


  1. Elderly drivers are often poor drivers. When I am driving, I almost never pass a car, but when I do, I often look at the driver. Nine times out of ten, the driver is over 70 years old!
    It is a real and growing problem. People over a certain age, perhaps 65 or 70, need to be retested every few years. Age discrimination? Call it what you may,but we all know people, often the elderly that should not be driving.
    (I know my father should not be driving, but he thinks he can ).It is an unfair burden for an adult child to have to police their parents about what they should or should not be able to do. It is time for the government to require road tests, eye tests etc for drivers over 65. It WILL save lives!