A lifeguard was shot and killed when a vehicle ran a red light near him, and the man who was on the vehicle, a firefighter, was also killed.
The driver of the car, who was wearing a lifeguard’s jacket, ran a stop sign and struck the ambulance near the intersection of U.S. 31 and West Main St. shortly after 2:30 a.m.
Friday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff John R. Schoendams Jr. said in a statement that the lifeguard, identified as 29-year-old Michael Fenton, died from his injuries at the scene.
He said the crash happened about 10 miles west of New Castle.
A statement from the Sheriff’s office said the man had been with a friend and the friend’s girlfriend when they passed the intersection.
The two people stopped at the intersection to pick up some groceries and left, and then returned to the vehicle and continued driving.
The vehicle crashed into the ambulance, the statement said.
The man was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.
He was the only person on the scene, Schoendingams said.
“The lifeguard went into a life-threatening situation when a car ran a yellow light,” the statement added.
“The man who ran the stop sign was also shot and died from the injuries he sustained.”
The sheriff’s office did not give a description of the man in the vehicle.
The driver was taken into custody and the investigation was ongoing.
No other information was immediately available.
Schoendingamps said lifeguards have been involved in about 200 road accidents in the last five years, and nearly all of those were related to accidents.
He said there was no information on the driver’s relationship with the ambulance driver or the lifeguards.
The lifeguards were not involved in the fatal accident.