Kevin McCorvey, a Georgia ambulance driver, was charged with first-degree homicide, reckless conduct and allegedly driving under the influence before getting into a single-vehicle crash in Fairburn, Ga. on Friday.

The 34-year-old is being held without bond at the Fulton County Jail while police try to understand what happened to cause this accident. The terrifying crash killed 66-year-old Wilton Thomason, a patient in the back of the ambulance. According to reports, Thomason was a non-emergency patient. McCorvey and his partner tried to flee in an Uber before being arrested.

Kevin McCorvey was arrested in Georgia after a DUI caused him to crash and ambulance and kill his patient. He is being held in jail without bond. (Credit: YouTube)
Kevin McCorvey was arrested in Georgia after a DUI caused him to crash an ambulance and kill his patient. He is being held in jail without bond. (Credit: YouTube)

According to police reports, McCorvey admitted to smoking marijuana, taking Adderall and drinking beer while behind the wheel of the vehicle. The young man is also being charged with having an open container of alcohol with him while he was driving.

The crash happened at around 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. It was first reported on the Fairburn Police Department Facebook page after officers told community members to stay away from the area of the crash. According to Fairburn police officers, the driver was operating the private ambulance on West Campbellton Street when he veered off the road and flipped the emergency vehicle.

Kevin McCorvey and his paramedic co-worker, Emily Sneed, survived the crash unharmed, but Thomason, who was not restrained in the vehicle in any way and reportedly tossed around during the crash, was seriously injuried and was pronounced dead by a second ambulance that arrived to take him to the hospital.

Police officers report that they had to stop McCorvey and Sneed from fleeing the scene in an Uber. The Georgia ambulance driver was given a field sobriety test after an officer smelled alcohol on his breath. McCovery was arrested and Sneed was picked up by one of the company’s ambulances. It is unclear if she is being charged with anything.

The private ambulance company, where McCorvey and Sneed work, have yet to make a statement regarding the conduct of their employee.

Photos taken from the scene show the Georgia ambulance driver crashed the vehicle while under the influence. (Credit: GoFundMe)
Photos taken from the scene show the Georgia ambulance driver crashed the vehicle while under the influence. (Credit: GoFundMe)

According to a GoFundMe set up for McCorvey by Sneed, the Georgia ambulance driver was not the cause of the crash and it was simply an accident. Sneed said, “The media has been making false statements about what took place on that night, creating the perception that Kevin McCorvey is at fault and/or to blame for this incident. Because this is an ongoing investigation, I cannot share any details in regards to what exactly happened, at this time. However, please know that the accident was just that…an accident! Kevin is one of the best paramedics I know; he treats/transports any patient in his care with the upmost diligence.”

The Georgia paramedic claimed the media is being dishonest when covering McCorvey’s actions. She also claimed that they are only telling one side of the story and are forgetting to give her co-worker’s perspective.

It is unclear what the evidence is to back up Emily Sneed’s claims and the fundraiser has only raised $100 for Kevin McCorvey’s defense team. The goal of the GoFundMe is $10,000.

Some community members on Facebook were offended by the GoFundMe page for Kevin McCorvey. One user commented on the Fairburn Police Department’s post about the crash with a link to the fundraiser and said, “I am dumbfounded seeing THIS!!!”

The young man is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday. As of Tuesday he did not have legal representation.