GRAFTON TWP. — An ambulance driver for the township told fire officials he was “barely rolling” at the time of the crash that killed 82-year-old Zygmunt J. Pacyna of Hinckley Township on Wednesday, according to Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Adams.
The ambulance driver, Richard Robinson, told fellow fire personnel that he had “almost come to a complete stop” at the stop sign on southbound Island Road and state Route 303 when the ambulance collided with Pacyna’s Chevrolet Cavalier traveling eastbound on Route 303.
“He said the car almost speeded up,” Adams said. “It’s a very tragic accident.” Robinson, 26, of Cleveland, was treated at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria and was back at work Thursday, Adams said.
A critical incident stress counselor visited the Fire Department on Thursday to assist those involved including Robinson, who Adams called “one of my best drivers.”
“Right now he doesn’t want to go on a run,” Adams said. “Nothing can really help him; it’s going to take a long time.”