Va. EMS Provider Charged for Death of Patient
Apr. 12—A three-day jury trial has been scheduled for an EMS provider charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a Feb. 27 accident on U.S. 17 in Stafford in which a patient later died, court records show.
Matthew Alexander Vancamp, 30, of Manassas, is also charged with reckless driving. He was indicted by a Stafford grand jury earlier this month and was arraigned Wednesday in Stafford Circuit Court, where his trial is set for Aug. 8–10.
Samantha Lehmann, 47, of Culpeper, died March 7 at Mary Washington Hospital. She was being transported to a medical facility the morning of Feb. 27 when the private ambulance driven by Vancamp crashed into the back of a tanker truck on southbound U.S. 17 and Hartwood Road.
The collision took place about 7 a.m. The tanker, which was carrying cranberry juice, was stopped when the ambulance struck it from behind. Traffic was backed up for several hours as the result of the accident.
An affidavit for a search warrant filed by Stafford Deputy 1st Class J.P. Aubry states that Vancamp was traveling 60 mph when he struck the rear of the tanker. According to the search warrant, Vancamp told police that he couldn't see the tanker until it was too late because he was blinded by the sun.
Aubry wrote that the investigation showed that Vancamp had a clear line of sight for at least 1,900 feet before reaching the tanker yet never decreased his speed.
The search warrant, filed in Fredericksburg Circuit Court, gave police permission to examine Vancamp's medical records from Mary Washington Hospital to determine if he was "impaired" at the time of the crash.
Attorney Mark Gardner is representing Vancamp, who is free on a $7,500 bond. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.