Woman dies after allegedly stealing ambulance from West Virginia hospital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A woman died on Thanksgiving Day after she allegedly stole an ambulance from a hospital in West Virginia and reportedly crashed it into the Kanawha River, officials say.

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According to a news release from the Charleston Police Department obtained by The Associated Press, Elizabeth Reed was a patient at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital in West Virginia when she allegedly took a Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance just after midnight Thanksgiving day.

Reed allegedly began driving toward Kanawha Boulevard, and about five minutes later, she reportedly hit a cement barrier near Chesapeake Avenue. She went over the embankment and into the Kanawha River, police said, according to the AP.

Reed was located inside the ambulance by a search and rescue team, according to the AP. She was pronounced dead at about 10 a.m.

No further information has been released. The investigation is ongoing.

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