Mall Parking Garage Where Man Was Fatally Shot Had Entrance That Was Too Small for Ambulance
An ambulance could not get to Dustin Friedland after he was shot because it did not have enough clearance at the entrance.
Was this New Jersey parking garage entrance too low for an ambulance to get to one woman’s dying husband after a fatal carjacking?
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Dustin and Jamie Friedland were Christmas shopping at the Short Hills Mall on December 13, 2013, when they returned to their Range Rover in the mall parking lot and were ambushed.
The horrifying incident was caught on surveillance cameras.
Dustin was shot before the alleged thieves stole their car. In a lawsuit, she alleges she called 911 but waited more than a half hour for an ambulance to arrive.
Why? Because during the emergency, the ambulance could not get to the scene of the incident fast enough because the parking garage entrance did not have enough clearance for the vehicle to pass through.
The entrance was only seven feet tall but the ambulance was about 10 feet high.
Inside Edition rented an ambulance, which was about the same height as the one responding to the Friedlands' emergency, and went to the same mall.
The ambulance Inside Edition rented could not get into the parking garage because the vehicle was too tall, just like on the night of the New Jersey lawyer’s death.
The parking garage is part of a wrongful death lawsuit Jamie has filed against the Short Hills Mall. The suit also claims a lack of security.
"If the ambulance were to get in on a timely basis, it would have given him a chance," her attorney, Bruce Nagel, told Inside Edition.
The Short Hills Mall denies being negligent regarding security or the height of the parking garage entrance.
On Wednesday, Jamie spoke for the first time publicly about the instance, when she took the stand inside a New Jersey courtroom and recalled: "I was screaming, ‘Stay with me! Stay with me!'"
She gave the tearful testimony at the trial of the alleged getaway driver, Basim Henry. He is one of four men accused in the slaying of her husband.
Henry has pleaded not guilty.
"I saw the struggle, I saw the taller man. I saw him put the gun to Dustin's head," she said as she then mimicked the sound of gun shots going off.
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She said the gunman then opened the car door, pointed the gun at her and told her to get out.
There will be four separate criminal trials for each of the suspects. The victim's widow will be testifying at every one of them.
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