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Man Charged with Extreme DUI and Manslaughter in 5 year-old’s Death

On April 30th, 5 year-old Angel Alvarez was killed in a drunk driving accident in Phoenix. He was a passenger in a car driven by 19 year-old Pedro Ernesto Ramirez. Ramirez was trying to pass another vehicle when he had a head-on collision with a pickup truck. Angel was in the front seat and was not wearing a seat belt. He died from blunt-force trauma to his head and neck.

Ramirez was also critically injured in the accident. When he was released from the hospital, he was arrested for extreme DUI because his blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was 0.15%. Angel’s mother was also in the car during the accident and sustained serious injuries. Her blood alcohol level was 0.19%.

This case prompted Child Protected Services to launch an investigation which lead to Ramirez being charged with manslaughter, aggravated-assault, and child endangerment. Angel’s mother was also charged with child abuse.

The tragedy of this case is that it could have been prevented. Angel might still be alive if either adult had stayed sober that night. Also, the car that Angel was in had a seat belt for the front seat where he was sitting and there were also three “child-restraint seats” in the car. If one of these four safety devices had been used, Angel might have survived the accident.

Drunk driving accidents and deaths are always preventable, and it’s a tragedy every time one of these deaths occurs. Unfortunately someone dies every 33 minutes in an alcohol-related crash in the United States. In 2010, there were 5489 alcohol-related crashes in Arizona, resulting in 223 deaths. Five of these victims were under age 15.

If you are arrested for DUI, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Arizona DUI attorney as soon as possible to serve as your advocate. If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

Photo credit: Britt Reints from Flickr