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A Maryland man faces multiple charges after he crashed his vehicle into the back of a fire truck along Interstate-95 in Virginia while driving under the influence of three children who weren’t were “not properly restrained” in his vehicle, police said.
The incident involving Ricardo Rodriguez-Montoya, 41, happened late Thursday outside of Fredericksburg, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
“Deputy LT Ward’s investigation revealed that a Stafford County fire truck was stationary at the scene of an accident with emergency equipment activated,” police said in a statement. communicated. “A drunk driver rammed directly into the back of the fire truck, injuring its four passengers and a firefighter.”
The deputy who responded to the accident also “discovered that there were three children in Rodriguez-Montoya’s vehicle and they were not properly restrained,” the sheriff’s office said.
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Rodriguez-Montoya has since been charged with impaired driving, reckless driving, impaired driving mayhem, criminal neglect of a child and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, and is being held in a local jail. without bail.
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The children involved in the accident were hospitalized with “serious but not life-threatening injuries”, police said, while the firefighter was released after being taken to a medical facility.
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Footage taken from the scene of the crash showed the front of a sedan wedged under the back of the fire engine.
“Motorists are reminded to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles,” the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said.