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Two Dead, Two Injured in Staten Island Crash

By Amy Zimmer | August 27, 2012 8:15pm | Updated on August 28, 2012 7:16am

STATEN ISLAND — A BMW collided with an ambulance on Hylan Boulevard and Seacrest Avenue Monday evening, killing both drivers and injuring two others, officials said.

The unidentified driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene in the accident, which occurred just before 7:10 p.m. He drove across the median, struck the ambulance and was thrown from his vehicle, police officials said.

David Restuccio, 58, a paramedic for a privately-operated ambulance for Staten Island University Hospital, was taken to the hospital in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest.

He later died there, hospital spokeswoman Arleen Ryback confirmed.

Restuccio was a lieutenant for FDNY EMS for nearly 20 years before retiring and working as a paramedic for a private company, sources said.

He appears to have been a first responder on Sept. 11, 2001, and was interviewed by Brian Williams on the phone on the day of the attacks.

The other victims, both in stable condition but under evaluation, included another ambulance worker along with a patient being transported from Staten Island University's north side to its south side, Ryback said.

NYPD officials said the incident was under investigation.