Hinal Patel, Killed in the Line of Duty

A Line Of Duty Death ( LODD ) Funeral Service for the Borough of Spotswood's family member and EMT Hinal Patel was held on Monday, July 27th. Hinal was an amazing young women with a bright future who always wanted to help anyone in need. At such a young age Hinal touched so many lives and made a lifelong impression on everyone she met.

On Saturday 7/25/2015, at approximately 7:57 am, East Brunswick Police Units were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cranbury Road and Ryders Lane. Mark C. Seube of Hamilton NJ was operating a Spotswood ambulance on Ryders Lane near Cranbury Road. Hinal Patel of Piscataway, NJ was the front seat passenger. Both Mark Seube and Hinal Patel are EMTs with the Spotswood EMS. The EMTs were responding to assist East Brunswick Rescue Squad as mutual aid at a motor vehicle crash with injuries in East Brunswick Township. Initial investigation revealed the ambulance, a 2008 Ford van, was traveling west on Ryders Lane at the intersection with Cranbury Road. The vehicle had its emergency lights and sirens activated. The ambulance proceed through the intersection and was struck by a 2013 Toyota Prius traveling south on Cranbury Road which was operated by Kathleen Meade of East Brunswick NJ. The ambulance overturned and slid into a 2011 Subaru Legacy that was stopped on Ryders Lane in the east bound lanes operated by Kristen Fahrman of East Brunswick NJ. The ambulance passenger, Hinal Patel, was killed as a result of the collision.

Both drivers, Mark Seube of the Spotswood EMS and Kathleen Meade were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Kathleen Meade did not sustain any injuries as a result of the accident.

The crash is currently under investigation by the East Brunswick Police Department Special Operations Section. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Ptl. John Bird or Ptl. Glenn Tabasko of the East Brunswick Police Department at 732-390-6969.

Several emergency service agencies responded to assist at the scene including East Brunswick Fire Department District 2, Milltown EMS, Robert Wood Johnson University Basic Life Support as well as the Advance Life Support Units.

Spotswood is a smaller community whose residents take pride in the services provided by our Emergency Services family. On behalf of the Mayor, Spotswood Borough Council and the Spotswood Emergency Services community, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Spotswood Emergency Medical Technician Hinal Pater in this very tragic and difficult time.