Mugshot released of driver accused of hitting firefighters, EMT with car before OWI arrest

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Kaitlyn Carlson

Kaitlyn Carlson

Update (April 18, 2016) – Kaitlyn Carlson pleaded guilty to OWI endangering a person; her other charges were dropped.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016)-- Two Indianapolis Fire Department firefighters and an EMT were struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening on the south side.

Emergency crews were on the scene of a personal injury accident around 6:30 p.m. just off of I-65, near Southport Road and Gray Road, when they were hit.

Officials said an EMT was checking out one of the passengers in the crash while two firefighters were under the hood disconnecting the battery.

Another car came crashing into the car they were working on. Police arrested that driver, 22-year-old Kaitlyn Carlson, for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The impact pushed IFD firefighters Brian Hedrick, a 15-year-veteran, and Corey Van Wyk about 10 feet.

Hedrick suffered a pelvic injury and Van Wyk was treated and released for an abdomen injury.

Hedrick is in good condition and is being held at IU Methodist overnight for observation.

Van Wyk graduated from the IFD recruitment academy in December.  He has been on the job for about 40 days.

Clayton Moore is the  EMT who was kneeling next to one of the passenger doors.  He hurt his knee but refused treatment.



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