Boy suffers life-threatening injuries when ambulance struck by alleged drunk driver

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

An ambulance carrying a young boy to a hospital for treatment was hit early Sunday by a drunken driver in North Carolina, overturning the medical transport and leaving the boy fighting for his life, authorities said.

Police issued a news release that the ambulance from Wise, Virginia, was hit by a auto and overturned around 1 a.m. Sunday, closing a North Carolina highway for three hours. Romero ran off the road and the ambulance rolled over on its side.

The driver of the auto, Jose Martin Duran Romero, was charged with DWI.

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.

The driver of the ambulance, Joshua Dewayne Church, 34, of Wise; Lyndsay Ann Oakes, 27, of Wise; and paramedic Rickey Clayton Ratliff, 55, of Appalachia, Va., were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.

Romero was charged with driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed and having no operator's license. The passenger, Andres Figueroa Leon, was charged with Failing to Render Aid and Give Information. The crash is still being investigated.