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Delayed ambulance, man’s death raises questions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of an electric scooter rider who died last month in St. Louis after colliding with a minivan are questioning why it took an ambulance 38 minutes to arrive.

Rodney LaRue

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a nearby St. Louis traffic patrol office saw the Sept. 27 collision that injured Rodney LaRue, 60. A firetruck arrived within a few minutes, according to a video of the crash and police records provided through a public records request to the Post-Dispatch.

About 30 minutes after the crash, when the ambulance was about 3 miles from the scene, a man threw a rock at the emergency vehicle, delaying it further.

Police said that LaRue initially appeared to be suffering from “noncritical, moderate accident injuries” but that his “condition worsened, and he became unresponsive” once the ambulance arrived. He was suffering from severe internal bleeding and died that night.

“It’s the ‘what ifs?’ that are killing us,” Rodney’s sister Sharon LaRue said this month. “What if the ambulance had gotten there sooner? Would my brother be alive?”

A spokesman for the St. Louis Fire Department, which oversees city emergency medical services, did not return a call for comment from the Post-Dispatch.

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