ETX woman dies after jumping from moving ambulance

Published: Aug. 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM CDT
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman died after jumping from a moving ambulance in Cherokee County.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says the New Summerfield Police Department contacted them asking for a welfare check on Crystal Chevelle Delaune.

The Police Chief told dispatch that Delaune had been acting strangely for a few days, and he wanted to make sure her children were safe.

A deputy went to check on Delaune, and reported that she was in a "delusional state" upon his arrival.

The deputy and Delaune's husband decided it best that she undergo an evaluation at ETMC.

According to the police report, late in the night on Sunday August 19, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Highway 69, about a mile south of the Loop in Jacksonville, in reference to a patient jumping from a moving ambulance.

The responding deputy reports when he arrived on scene, the patient, Crystal Delaune, was lying in the roadway, along with a large amount of blood.

Medical personnel were actively tending to the patient. Once EMS workers were able to find a heartbeat, Delaune was transported to Trinity Mother Frances in Jacksonville, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The EMS worker in the back of the ambulance at the time reported to deputies that Delaune attempted to break free several times. Delaune was able to break free from restraints, unlock the back doors to the ambulance, and jump, feet first onto the roadway.

According to the report, Delaune rolled and struck her head on the ground, causing massive head trauma.

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