Boy fighting for life after Virginia-based ambulance hit by drunk driver

Boy fighting for life after Virginia-based ambulance hit by drunk driver

A blood alcohol test taken three hours later showed that Romero still had a BAC of 0.19 which is more than twice the legal limit.

Romero has been charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and driving without a license.

A toddler riding in an ambulance that was struck by an accused drunken driver on US 52 on Sunday has died, authorities said Monday night.

Jose Duran Romero, 27, blew a 0.19 on a breathalyzer almost two hours after the crash, more than twice the legal limit, FOX8 Winston-Salem reported late Monday.

The boy had been in stable condition before the crash north of downtown Winston-Salem but emerged from the wreck with life-threatening injuries, Newnum said.

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The death of the 3-year-old boy is the second recent fatal incident involving a drunk driving illegal immigrant in the past week.

The driver of the ambulance, Joshua Dewayne Church, 34, of Wise, Lyndsay Oakes, and paramedic Rickey Clayton Ratliff, 55, of Appalachia, Va., were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. The Honda ran off the road.

Police found the ambulance overturned on the curb of USA 52 southbound near the Liberty Street exit around 1:16 a.m. Sunday.

Romero's passenger was charged with failure to render aid and was ordered held on $1,000 bail, but appears to have bonded out by Sunday night. Both tried to flee the crash scene, Fox reported. A witness prevented one of the men from leaving, while responding officers established a perimeter and caught the other man a few minutes later, Newnum said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a detainer that would allow them to remove Jose Martin Duran Romero if he's released from local custody. He is being held on a $50,000 secured bond, but bail has since been revoked with knowledge of the child's passing.

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