Six-Month-Old Killed During a Semi-Truck Hit-and-Run Crash in Pasco County
A 31-year-old semi-truck driver has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving death for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 75 early yesterday morning that claimed the life of a 6-month-old child, according to local Pasco County authorities.
Preliminary accident reports from the Florida Highway Patrol working within Pasco County indicate that it was close to 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022, when three adults and three children from Bradenton were driving in a Ford Fusion in the southbound direction of I-75. It was as their sedan approached the area of State Road 52 that something caused a tire on their vehicle to become disabled. The driver of the car pulled over onto the side of the interstate and two adults within the vehicle exited and assessed the issue with the tire, which appeared to be losing air and going flat.
The two adults outside of the Fusion then began to motion for oncoming traffic to avoid the lane near the vehicle while the driver inside the car drove slowly along the road, presumably searching for the nearest off-ramp or for someone to help them fix their tire. It is unclear at this time how long the sedan continued down Interstate 75 in this condition, but at some point during their ordeal, a car-carrying tractor-trailer being driven by 31-year-old Aramis Ramirez entered the vicinity, crashed into the sedan, and left the scene of the accident.
After the hit-and-run collision occurred, the driver of the semi kept driving down I-75 until he reached the State Road 52 exit. At this point, Ramirez stepped out of his truck to check on the damage to his vehicle, got back into the cab, and proceeded to drive further down the interstate until officers with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Ramirez when the semi-truck eventually broke down.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that none of the children in the Ford Fusion were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and that a 6-month-old baby sustained severe injuries during the collision and sadly passed away. The two other children, a 3-year-old boy and an 8-month-old boy, suffered minor injuries. None of the adults were harmed during the accident.
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