Teen Dies When Ambulance Broadsides Her Car

Pridemark Ambulance Had Its Lights On, Sirens Blaring

A teenager who drove her car into the path of an ambulance died when she was broadsided in Boulder Monday evening.

The accident happened at 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of 30th Street and Euclid Avenue.

According to police, a Pridemark Paramedic Services ambulance was traveling southbound on 30th Street with its emergency lights and siren activated. A black Honda Civic traveling eastbound on Euclid Avenue attempted to turn onto northbound 30th Street when it was struck on the driver's side by the ambulance.

The female driver of the Honda was transported to the hospital but died. She was the only occupant in that vehicle and was identified as Hannah Nicole Bauer Boemker, 16, of Lafayette, Colo.

Hannah worked as part of the dining room wait staff at the Golden West Senior Residence Center two blocks away from the crash scene. She was on her way home from her part-time job when she pulled out in front of the ambulance, police said.

"I was sitting in my living room and I heard some sirens coming down the street and then I heard the crash at the end of the block," said witness Trey Miler.

The impact of the ambulance shoved Hannah's car 85 feet down the street and up and over a curb.

The male driver of the ambulance was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and released. A second paramedic in the ambulance did not need medical assistance. The ambulance was going to a call and there were no patients inside at the time, according to police.

Hannah was a junior at Boulder High School and had her license for less than a year. On her MySpace.com Web site page, Hannah had posted that she drives a Honda Civic. She also said she defies "the sterotype of the typical teenager" and didn't drink. She also listed her mother, father, brother and sister as her heroes.

Her friends who went to lay flowers in her honor at the crash site said that Hannah was one of the nicest, sweetest young girls you'd ever want to meet.

"I'm so sad because she was going to do something wonderful with her life and it's so sad that she didn't get to do that," said Katherine Lunni, the victim's friend.

"Her spirit will always be with us, wherever we go," said friend Kimmy Reiss.

"All of our thoughts and concerns go out to her family in Lafayette, her friends, and her fellow students. Boulder High School staff, students and parents have been informed of this terribly sad news. Grief counselors are on site and will remain available as needed," Boulder Valley Schools said in a released statement.

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