London paramedic denies causing death by dangerous driving when responding to emergency in ambulance


London paramedic, 32, denies causing death by dangerous driving after killing moped rider while responding to emergency call in ambulance

  • Robbie Currie allegedly collided with Hamed Najar while responding to 999 call
  • The ambulance driver denied the charge causing of death by careless driving 
  • The 32-year-old reportedly hit a moped in Chelsea, London, in January 2021

An ambulance driver accused of killing a moped rider while responding to an emergency call in London denied causing death by careless driving today.

Robbie Currie, 32, allegedly collided with Hamed Najar at the junction of Fulham Road and Redcliffe Gardens in Chelsea, on January 15 last year.

Mr Najar, in his 20s, was rushed to hospital from the scene but was pronounced dead three hours later. 

Nathan Paine-Davey, prosecuting, earlier said: ‘The defendant was driving in a London ambulance.

‘He was on his way to a call and it is right to say that at the junction of Redcliffe Gardens he was in blue lights.’

Robbie Currie, a paramedic, denied a charge of causing death by careless driving today, after an incident in which he allegedly collided with a moped while responding to a 999 call in west London (pictured outside court in April)

Robbie Currie, a paramedic, denied a charge of causing death by careless driving today, after an incident in which he allegedly collided with a moped while responding to a 999 call in west London (pictured outside court in April)

Hamed Najar died in hospital three hours after the collision with the ambulance in west London last year

Hamed Najar died in hospital three hours after the collision with the ambulance in west London last year

The rider was killed only 50 yards from the front entrance to the Chelsea & Westminster hospital on the Fulham road

The rider was killed only 50 yards from the front entrance to the Chelsea & Westminster hospital on the Fulham road

Pictures from the scene following the crash showed a mangled moped surrounded by forensic crash investigators and a large presence of emergency services

 Pictures from the scene following the crash showed a mangled moped surrounded by forensic crash investigators and a large presence of emergency services

He continued: ‘He had moved into a box lane on the other side of the road and as a result he did not see the victim in this matter.

‘He (Mr Nahar) was riding a moped and as a result of not seeing the ambulance he was hit and he later died of injuries to the thoracic area.’

Currie, of Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, spoke only to confirm his name and deny causing death by careless driving during the brief hearing at the Old Bailey.

He was granted unconditional bail ahead of a pre-trial hearing on August 9.

The date of trial and venue is yet to be decided.

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