Had Been Undergoing Cancer Treatments
AN OFF-DUTY COLUMBUS, OHIO, POLICE detective died Tuesday afternoon when her car swerved into the oncoming lane and struck an ambulance head-on.
The accident occurred on a rural road in Madison County when the SUV driven by Marcia Frederick, 53, of West Jefferson suddenly changed lanes without braking and hit the ambulance. Frederick had been on extended sick leave while being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma but she was recovering and had recently returned to work. She has been on the PD for 15 years. The State Highway Patrol initially believes she had a seizure or similar episode.
The ambulance was carrying a patient and an escort on a non-emergency transport at the time and both of them and the two medics required treatment and transportation to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries.
Frederick found out in April that she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner. She recently returned part time to her assignment at the Center for Child & Family Advocacy, where detectives work with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Franklin County Children Services on cases involving possible sexual abuse of children.
Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs said she had visited Frederick in her hospital room at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University in the spring.
Frederick had a "tough, tough" job as a detective who specialized in working with children who had been assaulted, Jacobs said. "She had a big heart," Jacobs said, noting that Frederick was eager to return to her job. "She truly believed that she had been given a second chance in life."
NBC TV posted this video report from the accident scene:
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