Off-duty FDNY EMT struck by strung out NYC driver loses leg

The off-duty FDNY emergency medical technician struck by a hit-and-run driver on Staten Island has lost her leg, while the drugged-up woman who hit her was released without bail, prosecutors said Thursday.

The 29-year-old victim’s right leg had to be amputated after Nicole Marino allegedly plowed into her with her mother’s car in New Dorp on Sept. 15.

Marino was ordered held without bail after her arraignment on a host of charges last Friday.

But a Staten Island Criminal Court judge cut Marino loose during a routine court appearance Wednesday because the Richmond County district attorney’s office had not brought the case to a grand jury, sources with knowledge of the case said.

Marino was only free for a few hours before she was rearrested on a probation violation on Thursday morning and again ordered held without bail, prosecutors noted.

The 31-year-old was driving her mother’s Chevrolet Impala south on Locust Ave. near N. Railroad Ave. at about 12:30 p.m. last Thursday when she struck the city EMT as she climbed into her Mazda CX-30, cops said.

The first responder was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the Impala before falling onto the asphalt, police said. The Impala kept on going until it slammed into a parked car a short distance away.

The victim’s fellow EMS members rushed her to Staten Island University North, where she was listed in serious but stable condition. Besides losing her leg, the woman suffered a broken arm and pelvis, court documents show. The EMT’s name was not released.

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Marino got out of the Impala and remained at the scene. She first told police that someone else was driving during the crash, but buckled under questioning, and admitted that she and a girlfriend had taken heroin shortly before the smashup.

She also admitted to taking her mother’s car without her permission.

“Britney overdosed, so I had to drive,” she told police, according to the criminal complaint. “It was my first time stealing a car. I took the key off my mother’s key ring.”

Marino had heroin on her when she was arrested.

The Richmond County district attorney’s office charged Marino with assault in the first and second degrees, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, drug possession, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and other charges.

“The investigation into this matter is ongoing, and we continue to review and pursue all available evidence,” a spokeswoman for the Richmond County district attorney said.

A call to Marino’s attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.




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