Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting
TWO Illinois EMS workers, who were arrested on December 18 after a 35-year-old man died in their care due to poor medical administration, have been charged.
Peter Cadigan, 50, and Peggy Finley, 44, prior to their arrest, were the emergency medical workers for LifeStar Ambulance Service.
The duo have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Earl L. Moore, as announced by Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Dan Wright, on Tuesday 10th of January.
According to investigations, Moore died after he was put in an ambulance in a prone position.
The 35-year-old man was alleged to have been strapped facedown on a stretcher.
Moore died at the hospital at 3:14 a.m, according to Sangamon County Official, Jim Allmon.
After his demise, the police were immediately notified; followed with thorough investigations, which brought about the arrests of Cadigan and Finley.
An autopsy determined that Moore’s cause of death was positional, and was classified as a homicide.
Medical reports are suggesting that Moore lost consciousness due to prone face-down restraint on a paramedic transportation stretcher by tightened straps across the back.
Attorney Dan Wright also confirmed they face 20 to 60 years in prison if they are convicted.
Their next court date is set for January 19.