A toddler who was being transported to hospital in an ambulance has died after a drunk driver struck the vehicle.
The Winston-Salem Police Department says they were informed at 6:05pm on Monday that the three-year-old boy had died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Authorities offered no additional details.
The boy was being taken to the hospital trauma center around 1am Sunday when a drunk driver – who turned out to be an illegal immigrant – hit the medical transport, causing it to roll over on its side, police said.
The driver, 27-year-old Jose Martin Duran Romero and his passenger, 33-year-old Andres Leon, initially tried to flee the scene. A witness stopped one of the men from leaving while the other was quickly apprehended by police.
Two hours after the crash, Romero submitted to a breathalyzer and registered more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. Police also learned that he is in the country illegally and that he has never had a driver’s license.
According to court documents, a witness told police after the crash that Romero had ‘bloodshot, glassy eyes’, slurred speech’ and looked ‘grossly impaired’.
He was allegedly so drunk that he couldn’t even sign his name to court documents and wasn’t aware that he had hit an ambulance with a small child inside.
Gary Oakes of Wise, Virginia, said in a brief phone interview Monday that his grandson had been under medical care before the crash but didn’t want to elaborate. Asked how the family was coping, Oakes said, ‘It’s devastating.’
The boy’s mother, 27-year-old Lyndsay Ann Oakes, was in the ambulance with him and suffered minor injuries. Reached by phone, she declined to be interviewed.
The driver of the ambulance, 34-year-old Joshua Sewayne Church, and its paramedic, 55-year-old Rickey Clayton Ratliff, also sustained minor injuries.
This marks the second time in a week an illegal has drunkenly murdered an American citizen behind the wheel of a car. Earlier this week, a man was arrested early Sunday morning shortly after he fled the scene of a fatal car crash in Indianapolis that killed a Colts player and an Uber driver lied to police about his identity. After initially reporting the man was named Alex Cabrera Gonsales from Mexico, police identified him as 37 years-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, a twice-deported Guatemalan.
Source: Dailymail, Gateway Pundit