A woman who jumped out of a fast-moving ambulance in early December died of “blunt head trauma” after hitting the pavement, authorities said.
Melissa Lynn Wood, 42, of Flat Rock Road, Watkinsville, died at the scene the evening of Dec. 7, Oconee County Coroner Ed Carson said Tuesday.
She was being transported by a Greene County Emergency Medical Services ambulance from a location near Greshamville to a hospital in Athens when the death occurred on a stretch of U.S. Highway 441 just north of Watkinsville, according to the coroner and law enforcement reports.
“She jumped out of the ambulance. She was able to just leap out of the back door and that caused her death,” Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said.
The ambulance was traveling about 60 to 65 mph at the time, he said.
Berry said it was not known why the woman lept from the ambulance. However, Carson said the medical examiner’s office determined the death was self-inflicted.
Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said deputies were called to a home that evening on Farmington Road to investigate a domestic situation and that Wood “ultimately asked to be taken to the hospital on her own.”
A Greene County incident report said deputies were initially called to the home about 5:35 p.m., where Wood alleged she had been hit. However, three people at the home all said the assault had not occurred, according to the report.
Later, another deputy was dispatched to the home at 10:44 p.m. in reference to Wood wanting to go to a hospital. When the deputy arrived, he reported that Wood appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance, but she “wanted to get help.” An ambulance was then called for the transport, according to the report.