According to WVLT Volunteer TV, a SouthEastTrans driver allegedly removed, and then dragged, a pregnant woman he was transporting. The driver’s actions constitute criminal behavior, and he was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. It is unknown whether the driver had a criminal history, or any training on how to transport patients. When contacted, SouthEastTrans, claimed to have “not heard about the incident.” If that is true, why do they have no information about their driver, who was arrested, injuring a woman and her unborn child? Could their lack of information be a sign they have little to no interest in their clients’ health and wellbeing? If they are lying, and actually have heard about the arrest, assault, and injury, why are claiming otherwise?
SouthEastTrans is a non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) broker. This means their entire reason for being involved in this patient’s transportation is to train, drug screen, and perform criminal background checks on drivers. I would be very surprised to learn this driver passed all the necessary training and background checks, and still engaged in this type of behavior. SouthEastTrans, because it takes an active role in training and selecting non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) providers, may well be liable for this woman’s injuries. At a minimum it must investigate how this incident occurred and make proactive decisions to prevent similar incidents in the future.