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Paramedics on probation after missing car crash victim in July

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Evie Ross recalls the morning of July 18, when a 28-year-old died in a car accident across the street from her home.

"Around about 4:00 I thought I heard a bump," Ross said.

Now, two Mobile Medical Response employees are on probation for six months, following an investigation of the incident.

The Genesee County Michigan Control Authority concluded they need additional training before hitting the road again.

"We could've suspended them. We could've ask the state to revoke their license," said GCMCA spokesperson, Bruce Trevithick.

According to the authority, paramedics Elizabeth Dujay and Justin Mitchell, responded to the wreck that morning but failed to spot the driver Cortez Cheathams slumped over in the front seat after his vehicle hit a tree at Chevrolet and Jackson avenues.

The GCMCA said the pair did not follow their protocol on patient assessment. Cheathams was found nearly two hours later by a second MMR crew. He was dead at the scene.

It's still unclear if he was alive at the time the first unit pulled up. 

Trevithick answered TV5's tough questions and defended the decision made by the GCMCA board.

“Based upon the information we have we feel that that was warranted," Trevithick said.

He said he believes at this time, using this accident as a teaching point will be valuable for these paramedics.

"Our effort is to try and improve anytime somebody makes a mistake improve that individual for future services in the community. And so our hope is the additional training will avoid a similar incident in the future," Trevithick said.

Ross said she supports the GCMCA's decision.

"We all need more training but I don't think they need to be punished," Ross said.

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