Ambulance driver won't face charges in fatal wreck

Authorities say they won't pursue charges against a Charleston County ambulance driver in the March 25 wreck that left a College of Charleston senior dead. Gerald Stewart, an EMT, was driving in the oncoming lane when he struck the car driven by 22-year-old Emily Salisbury, who later died of head injuries sustained in the crash.

The ambulance's black box details were released Tuesday. According to The Post and Courier:

The ambulance's speed and other information were recorded on the emergency vehicle's "black box" recorder. Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon made details from the box data public Tuesday.
The box showed that the ambulance was traveling at 51.6 mph at the time of impact and that its emergency lights and siren were activated. The posted speed limit in the area where the accident occurred is 25 mph.


"We did not feel there was a case of reckless negligence on the part of the driver," Cannon said. "He did not violate any laws to the extent that he should be charged criminally."

But, in a strange twist on the story, Stewart will faces charges in another case. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office arrested him last week on a charge of committing a lewd act on a child under 16. Stewart has since been placed on administrative leave by Charleston County. The charge stems from an alleged November 2007 incident in which Stewart is accused of inappropriately touching the chest of an 8-year-old girl at his home in Summerville.

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