I-TEAM INVESTIGATES: Are two EMS workers who let a man walk away only to die hours later still allowed to treat?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

Paul Tarashuk's family continues to search for answers in his death. (Source: WRDW)

ORANGEBURG, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Our investigation into how a man walking down Interstate 95 died despite receiving medical care hours before has returned to Orangeburg County.

We came to Orangeburg County EMS Headquarters to ask the EMS director why his crew didn't take Paul Tarashuk to the hospital.

We also wanted to know if either the EMT or paramedic in this case were still employed, but we were told EMS officials were not allowed to answer any of our questions.

However, we do continue to get new video in this case. The newest video is just further proof Tarashuk was not in his right mind on the night EMS abandoned him.

The video shows an officer walking around an 18-wheeler pulled over on the side of I-95 and Tarashuk is seated, naked, above the cab. At first, Tarashuk speaks to the officer, but he does not make much sense. A few minutes later, he shuts down and doesn’t speak again.

EMS workers arrived a short time later to deliver care, but they berate him and leave without taking him to the hospital.

Hours later, Tarashuk, who was suffering from a schizophrenic episode, was killed.

EMS later told South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers that they thought a deputy with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office was taking him to a hospital.

The deputy did not. Instead, the deputy dropped Tarashuk off at a gas station 18 miles away.