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FIRST ON 3: Ambulance driver charged in deadly wreck has long list of traffic violations

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A family is grieving and an ambulance driver is charged a day after a deadly traffic crash in Brunswick County.

Sarah Allen was just a month away from her 20th birthday. She died yesterday after investigators say an ambulance ran a red light near Shallotte.

"She was a beautiful child. Very sweet," Sarah's mother Deborah Allen said.

Allen says her 19-year-old daughter was headed to class at Brunswick Community College Monday morning, but she never made it.

Allen spoke to her daughter moments before she was hit by an ambulance troopers say ran a red light.

"she told me good bye around 8:45 yesterday morning," Allen said. "I had asked if she had any breakfast. She said she was going to stop along the way and get something. We told each other we love her like we always do, always tell her to be safe like we always do."

Allen says Sarah was in her first year of cosmetology school and was looking forward to her future.

"She would have wanted to get married one day and have children," her mother said.

But while this Oak Island family grieves, many ask questions about the crash.

Investigators say the ambulance did not have its lights on and did not yield the right of way at the stop light. The ambulance was taking a non-emergency case to the hospital when it slammed into the teen's sedan.

The driver of the ambulance, Joseph David Fancher, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

This is not the first time the 45-year-old has been in trouble behind the wheel. Fancher's list of traffic violations include driving without a license, expired inspection, no seat belt, no insurance, and speeding.

The Allen family did not want to say much about the details of the crash, but did want to share some advice with parents.

"Hold your family tight and close to you," Allen said.

We contacted Amera-Tech, the company that owns the ambulance, for a comment, but we have not heard back.

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Sarah

We would only expect these answers from EMT's trying to find a way to excuse yourself. You cannot dismiss this terrible tragedy as just a mistake.

You really need to wake up

An error in judgement is when we make a mistake. He did not wake up that morning and say "gee think I will have an accident and cause the death of another human being". Have you never made a mistake? are you perfect in every way? do you never get distracted while driving? then I'm sure you will have a perfect driving record your whole life. You need to get a reality check and learn that as humans we are not perfect.

Keep your mouth shut? The

Keep your mouth shut? The last time I looked there was some BIG flashing caution lights that flash letting you know the light is changing. He chose to keep going, he is responsible for taking her life.

Wow

Obviously, freedom of speech u know nothing about. And ur damn flashing light maybe u should ask how many wrecks have been at that light? I know several people who has have wrecks there, NOT THERE FAULT, for the record!!!! MY QUESTION WAS DO U KNOW HE RAN THE LIGHT??? I'M SICK OF ALL THIS BASHING A MAN YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, PEOPLE NEED TO STOP JUDGING PEOPLE AND WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF. THIS IS A TRAGIC SITUATION FOR ALL PARTIES.

I can answer some of your questions

First - I am 54 years old and have a perfect driving record
Second - It wasn't a mistake he made; he made a conscious desire to run a red light which resulted in an accident that caused the death of another person
Third - his record speaks volumes - look at it!
Fourth - no I am sure he didn't get up yesterday and decide to kill someone, but when he ran that red light, he made a choice and that resulted in a tragic situation.

Yes, he will pay for it for a long time, whether it be the legal ramifications or the memory of what he did, but at least he is alive and he can be visited in jail if that is where he goes. Sara's family won't have that luxury will they?

I have a feeling the family of the person that was in the ambulance will probably have something to say also. They could have been seriously injured or killed by his negligence.

rebuttle

1st: Good for you,
2nd: You don't know what was going on in that ambulance, something couldve happened in the back to distract the driver, he coulve fallen asleep from being overworked, couldve been distracted by something else on the road or someone else, I know Joe and he wouldnt just run the light, there had to have been something going on.
3rd. The only thing I see on his record is 2 tickets going 20 over the speed limit, OVER 8 YEARS AGO, which im sure all of us have done at one time or another without getting caught, the rest were Insurance related. Companies check driving records from 3-5 years back. The reason for the insurance and inspection violations are most likely from the fact that EMTs are underpaid and therefore those with families need to support their family before worrying about insurance and inspections,
4th. Again I seriously doubt it was a concious choice and you not being in the ambulance with them, should have nothing to say about it

It was a tragic accident, nothing more then an accident. My heart goes out to the families of the poor young woman, and joe who has to live with this the rest of his life

Joes accident

Hello, Sorry I don't know who you are but I am Joe's older siter Terry.I have been on this computer for two days trying to send some info to these oh so perfect people who think they know him, The trouble is every time I get my message all typed out and then submit it, it never shows up on that coment page. Do you know what else I can Do?

horrible negligence

The negligence of this ambulance driver and the company that allowed him behind the wheel of a huge vehicle is unforgivable. NO decent company would allow this man to drive with a record like this !! He deserves jail for killing this young woman.

With a record like that of

With a record like that of blatantly breaking the law, maybe he should be charged with *FELONY* death by motor vehicle. Evidently he never learned from his past mistakes. Ameri-Tech needs to be held accountable as well. Do they not do background checks when they hire people???

LOL

you guys are TRIPIN out over these records...this is over a 7 year period...dates weren't given for the speeding..heck that could have been 20 years old for all we know....the insurance and registration charges...LOTS of people get those, especially if their money is tight. I will NOT defend the drivers unsafe driving on this incident...but COME ON...just about EVERYBODY has a driving record that reads almost like that...

Speak for Yourself!

Really??? Are you kidding me???? YOU must be the one "TRIPIN". NOT everyone has a record "that reads almost like that". I personally have been driving for over 40 years....never on an expired anything, no tickets for no seat belt, no speeding tickets or anything else for that matter and only one accident when the guy behind me was cited for his failure to stop. This man has a history of not obeying the speed limit and failure to maintain his personal vehicle. Dates (the year issued) were given for the speeding tickets in the article so there goes your "20 year theory" also. Think the times he was ticketed for speeding where the only times he did it??? Guess again! Oh, one more question...would you let any of your family members ride in the car with him???

YOU

sir are very lucky then...because the MAJORITY of us DO have at least a speeding ticket or expired inspection ticket...soooo....two speeding tickets in his ENTIRE history of driving means he has a HISTORY of speeding?

OH...and I'm guessing that YOU sir have sped and broken laws of the road....you just didn't get caught!

yes I would absolutley ride

yes I would absolutley ride with joe and I have !!!! people dont realize that you cant stop an ambulance on a dime!!! alot of people just pull right out in front of them ALOT!!! GIVE JOE A BREAK he to is a father with a daughter and im sure he feels horrible enough already !!! get off of the band wagon you perfect people!!! RIP mrs allen

Maybe that traffic school thing was a bad idea after all

if it keeps guys like this on the road.

This is the driver's NC record. Does he have a different home state and what was his record there?

OK

First of all...in his defense, half of those aren't moving violations. HOWEVER, as a person who was in emergency services....emergency vehicles in NHC and surrounding areas..SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF ME! I saw a fire truck going WAY TO FAST in between traffic just today in front of Trask/Laney! While traffic moved for him, if one of those cars would have pulled out or over...the driver would have been killed and the truck would have most likely flipped and taken out a bunch more cars as it went! Emergency vehicle drivers need to be reminded CONSTANTLY that THEY are responsible for their driving! By running sirens and lights you are ASKING for right of way...you just don't HAVE IT!

And you probally have never

And you probally have never driven fast a day in your life have you???

Do

YOU know how to read? I said I was in emergency services...so YES I have broken the speed limit..MANY TIMES...

Why did they let this offender drive an ambulance?

Multiple severe speeding violations. Driving without insurance, expired tags, expired inspection, driving while license revoked. This cat was an accident waiting to happen! I'm going to venture out and say, whoever hired this crunch bunny to drive their ambulance just opened someone up for one HUGE lawsuit!!! I mean c'mon, a simple DMV license check would have easily avoided this death! Wouldn't "Driver Screening 101" state that as a first step before hiring a driver? We must have former MacDonalds managers hiring ambulance drivers these days. If they passed the 5th grade, can walk and push a pedal, they're a candidate.

stop it. think about the

stop it. think about the family and her friends a young women with ambition died and all you can comment on is driving records. this will not bring that precious soul back.

I did think about it, whoever hired the driver didn't.

You don't put a fox in a henhouse to defend the eggs. You don't hire a convicted felon to manage your cash register. You don't hire a pedophile to work in a day care. You sure as hell don't hire someone with an established record of irresponsible driving habits to pilot an ambulance. All of his record screams "irresponsible and unaccountable", especially the string of non-moving convictions.

As I said, this death could have been prevented if SOMEONE had said, "Nope, this guy has too many irresponible offenses and convictions to drive our ambulances!"

Doesn't really get much simpler that that does it?

You think you know it all?

OK wise guys, where were you on application day? Did you bother to try and get the education it takes to work for one of these companies? Let alone with EMS. After the time it takes to get the required certifications, and more than likely holding down a another job while trying to attend classes and complete homework; after being considered for the job, which requires physical, mental, stress, drug, and skill tests. But wait, would you even think about applying for such a demanding job knowing that at best you would only make about nine to twelve dollars an hour. And on your off days be called in to work or risk loosing your job.
Look at this, US population about 311 Million, US Drivers about 2.5 Million, EMS workers about 746,000. That's More than 20% of all Drivers in the US are affiliated with the EMS or ambulatory transportation services. Not counting the more than 1 million firefighters in which many of them are cross trained at some level of EMT.
And for you Mr Police man, screaming about how bad his driving record was, and how he should have never been hired to drive an ambulance in the first place. Let me ask you this, if it were not for that tin can you carry on your chest that makes you so perfect, how many tickets would you have, and would you even still have a license? I work among you guys on a daily basis and see the things you get away with. How many nights or days have you driven at least 20mph over the speed limit to the jail to turn over a prisoner just to get them out of your custody so you could get back to what you were doing to start with, or set up your speed trap to get another suspect.
I could go all night, but I think you all get my point; the guy messed up, he made a mistake, now grow up and leave it alone! If you think you can do it better, get the degrees, and certifications, get the job, deal with the BS, and then come back and have the room to run your mouth and actually know what you are talking about!

OK wise guys, where were you

OK wise guys, where were you on application day? Did you bother to try and get the education it takes to work for one of these companies? Let alone with EMS. After the time it takes to get the required certifications, and more than likely holding down a another job while trying to attend classes and complete homework; after being considered for the job, which requires physical, mental, stress, drug, and skill tests. But wait, would you even think about applying for such a demanding job knowing that at best you would only make about nine to twelve dollars an hour. And on your off days be called in to work or risk loosing your job.
Look at this, US population about 311 Million, US Drivers about 2.5 Million, EMS workers about 746,000. That's More than 20% of all Drivers in the US are affiliated with the EMS or ambulatory transportation services. Not counting the more than 1 million firefighters in which many of them are cross trained at some level of EMT.
And for you Mr Police man, screaming about how bad his driving record was, and how he should have never been hired to drive an ambulance in the first place. Let me ask you this, if it were not for that tin can you carry on your chest that makes you so perfect, how many tickets would you have, and would you even still have a license? I work among you guys on a daily basis and see the things you get away with. How many nights or days have you driven at least 20mph over the speed limit to the jail to turn over a prisoner just to get them out of your custody so you could get back to what you were doing to start with, or set up your speed trap to get another suspect.
I could go all night, but I think you all get my point; the guy messed up, he made a mistake, now grow up and leave it alone! If you think you can do it better, get the degrees, and certifications, get the job, deal with the BS, and then come back and have the room to run your mouth and actually know what you are talking about!

BOTTOM LINE....

jthe BOTTOM LINE in this tragic situation is that just as we all had a date and time to enter this world, we ALSO ALL have a date and time to depart from this world...no driving record, driving distraction, or mistake can alter YOUR time and date...YOU ALL NEED TO REALIZE THAT NO MAN CONTROLS OR ALTARS THE DATE NOR TIME THAT IS SET FOR YOU TO DEPART FROM HERE...its unfortunate that this incident had to happen, but obviously it was sarah's time and date to go..whether auto-accident, health issue, sporting accident the BOTTOM LINE is it was her time..instead of bashing the driver, the company, and whoever else you want to drag into this, we should all be praying for peace, comfort, forgiveness, and understanding for both families..GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES