Jose Gonzalez found guilty of murdering EMT Yadira Arroyo in 2017
The man who was accused of killing FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo in 2017 was found guilty of first degree murder on Wednesday.
The jury will begin deliberations Wednesday in the murder trial of Jose Gonzalez who is accused of killing an EMT in 2017.
Jose Gonzalez is accused of running over FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo with her own ambulance back in March 2017.
Police say Jose Gonzalez stole the ambulance while Arroyo and her partner Monique Williams were responding to a call.
Gonzalez reversed and ended up mowing Arroyo down, then dragged her along the road as he drove off.
He pleaded not guilty when he was indicted on first-degree murder charges.
“I am hoping and praying that this man will never see the streets again,” Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay said at the time of the indictment.
In a statement, the Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark said in part, “we continue to work for justice for Yadira Arroyo and her family.”
Arroyo was honored by family and friends in 2021 with a tribute in the Bronx.
A tearful Williams told reporters off camera, she retired from the department as the loss of her partner was too hard to bare.
“I want people to know that Yadir hasn’t been forgotten,” Arroyo’s aunt Ali Hernandez said.
The jury heard weeks of evidence in Gonzalez’s case and are entering the deliberation phase.
If convicted of the top charges Gonzalez could face a 25 to life prison sentence.