Case delayed for EMT accused in deadly ambulance wreck near hospital

Published: Dec. 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM EST
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Belinda Rivers
Belinda Rivers

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An emergency responder charged in a deadly ambulance wreck that killed a co-worker was slated to be in court Thursday, but the case was delayed.

Jonathan Corey Brown was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle back in September when he was involved in a deadly wreck in front of Carolinas Medical Center-Union.

Investigators say Brown, who was driving an ambulance with the Sandhills Ambulance Service, pulled out in front of a tractor trailer on US 74.

Brown's co-worker, 43-year-old Belinda Gayle Rivers, was in the passenger seat and was killed in the collision.  Brown was injured in the crash.

The driver of the tractor trailer suffered no injuries from the collision, police say.

There were no patients on board in the ambulance. It was en route to the hospital to pick up a patient when the crash occurred.

At one point, nearly a dozen EMS workers, firefighters and police gathered around Rivers to pray before her body was taken away from the scene.

Brown's case was slated to begin on Thursday morning in a Union County Courtroom, but the case was continued until February.  No exact date was set.

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