Collision Involving EMS Vehicle Results in Injuries, Fatality

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

A 31-year Emergency Medical Services employee has been reassigned to administrative duties after the City vehicle he was driving collided with another vehicle this morning. The two occupants in the struck vehicle were transported to the hospital. The passenger, an 88-year-old-woman, later died as a result of her injuries. The driver, a 29-year-old adult female, reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Shortly after 9 this morning, Brigade Chief Jeffrey L. Brennaman, the on-duty EMS shift commander, was traveling southbound on Lynnhaven Parkway when he struck a vehicle that was making a left turn onto North Mall Drive from Northbound Lynnhaven Parkway. Chief Brennaman was en route to the city garage and was not responding to an incident at the time of the crash. 

The accident is under investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department.  City and department post-accident review and testing procedures are in progress. 

“This is a tragedy and I extend heartfelt condolences to everyone involved,” interim EMS Chief Ed Brazle said. “Consistent with the City’s administrative directives, I have reassigned Chief Brennaman to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. Because this remains an active investigation, the Virginia Beach Police Department will be the lead agency on any further releases.”