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Filipino nurse in NJ dies after being knocked down by fleeing thief

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NEW YORK CITY–58-year-old Maria Ambrocio, an oncology nurse at Bayonne Medical Center in New Jersey (NJ), passed away after hitting her head on the pavement in Times Square, New York, after being knocked down by an alleged mentally ill, homeless man.


While accompanying a friend to the Philippine Consulate, Ambrocio was shoved by the running man, resulting in her skull cracking against the pavement.


She was brought to Bellevue Hospital after the injury, but would eventually be taken off life support after being declared brain dead.


The man who had barreled into Ambrocio, 26-year-old Jermaine Foster, had snatched the cellphone of another woman prior to running into the nurse of 25 years, as he fled the crime scene.


Foster was arrested later that day and arraigned at a Manhattan Criminal Court two days later for charges of robbery, felony assault, and murder.


According to Foster’s mother and stepfather, who chose to remain anonymous, their son was suffering from mental illness, though they didn’t know what his diagnosis was in particular.


His mother stated that he had been living with his birth father in Brooklyn, but was left on his own after his father died from Covid19.


Without any history of violence, and with improvement in well-being when on medication, his parents did not expect anything like this to occur and expressed sorrow over what had happened.


Ambrocio is survived by her spouse and stepchildren.

Photo: NBC New York


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