Red Ambulance in Washington D.C. has been the subject of a recent lawsuit, alleging that its ambulance video footage is being misrepresented and censored.
The company claims that its video was never used to justify a criminal charge against a driver who allegedly caused a crash that injured three people.
The Red Ambolance, in a statement, claimed that it had no idea that its footage was being used by the prosecution in a criminal case.
“Red Ambulances video is not used as a means to justify any criminal charge.
Red Ambularys video was not taken during the crash and was not released by the police until after the crash, when it was used by investigators to justify the criminal charge,” the company said.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, claims that the Red Ambuleys footage was used to discredit its driver, Michael Hines, in the 2012 crash that killed two of his colleagues.
Red’s video, taken by a bystander, shows the collision in a parking lot, but the footage was never made public.
According to the lawsuit, Hines drove into a median and collided with a car parked on the other side of the intersection.
“The Red Ambules video does not support the criminal prosecution of Mr. Hines,” the lawsuit said.
In the lawsuit’s complaint, Red Ambulays attorney, Peter Tresca, said that Hines’ video was taken “to support the claim that Mr. Trescak was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Hines was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Red and the company’s parent company, Redbridge, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Red said that the company had used the footage to “show the truth.”
The lawsuit also said that Red Ambuls video was edited to show the driver of the SUV that hit the Red Bus, and not the one of the Redbus driver.
The suit, which was filed in April 2016, said the editing was done after the incident, when the driver was not a witness.
“We believe that the video of the incident is not accurate and that the editing of the video to show only the red bus driver and not Mr. [Michael] Hines is in error,” the suit said.
A spokesperson for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it had received a response to the suit.