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Boy dies after drunk driver slammed car into ambulance transporting him to a hospital

By Alexis Bell 2:02 PM February 14, 2018
Jose Romero

A boy died as a result of a crash after a drunk driver rammed his vehicle into an ambulance that was taking the sick child to a hospital, according to police in North Carolina.

Winston-Salem police said that they have arrested 27-year-old Jose Martin Duran Romero after being accused of drunk driving.

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

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a detainer as Romero is in the country illegally.

Romero was booked into jail and his bail has been set at $50,000.

According to the police investigation, Lyndsay Ann Oakes, 27, of Wise, Virginia, was traveling in an ambulance to the Wake Forest Baptist Center with her sick 3-year-old son.

On Sunday, at around 1:00 a.m., Romero was drunk and driving a 2003 Honda Accord on U.S. 52 when he slammed his vehicle into the ambulance.

The ambulance rolled over and the Honda veered off the road.

The boy and his mother suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash

The boy passed away on Monday while the mother is recovering.

Police officers who arrived at the scene found Romero with bloodshot eyes and he slurred his speech.

A blood test showed that his blood-alcohol content level was at .19 or more than twice the legal limit.

Romero never had a valid driver’s license.