Bronx Emergency Medical Technician Yadira Arroyo—who was killed last year when a man stole her ambulance and ran her over—will have a Bronx, N.Y. street named after her next month, the New York Daily News reports.
According to Bronx City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, who spoke to the Daily News, the street signs at Boston Road and E. 169th St. will be co-named in Arroyo’s honor. “We are thankful for her sacrifice and public service to the Bronx & NYC,” Gibson tweeted on Monday. The street co-naming and plaque dedication will take place on Friday, June 15 at 11 a.m. EST.
Arroyo died on March 16, 2017 when Jose Gonzalez, 25, jumped onto Arroyo’s rear bumper, prompting her to step out of the ambulance. Upon Arroyo’s exit, Gonzalez reportedly hijacked the vehicle, drove off, ran over Arroyo twice, and dragged her into an intersection. She had been with the FDNY for 14 years.
Gonzalez, an alleged gang member with a history of drug abuse and mental illness, was later charged with murder, manslaughter, and robbery before being declared unfit for trial by a court-appointed psychologist in April.
“While this hearing was a setback, we will continue our fight for justice for Yadira,” Oren Barzilay, head of Arroyo’s EMS union, told Daily News regarding the decision. “Regardless of the findings, we will continue to show our support to Yadira and her family,” Barzilay said.