Woman Arrested After Boy Dies In Canal
CLEWISTON, FL -- A Clewiston woman has been arrested on numerous felony charges after driving into a canal today, resulting in the death of her passenger, a 2-year old boy.
Hermelinda Ramirez, 22 of 813 E. El Paso Avenue, was arrested and taken to the Hendry County jail on charges of DUI Manslaughter, DUI, and driving with no valid driver license involving the death of a human being.
2-year old Alex Perez-Ramirez died after the 2001 Ford Explorer, driven by Ramirez submerged in a Clewiston canal at San Diego and El Paso Streets at 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Ramiriez was traveling east on El Paso Ave East approaching San Diego Street South, in Clewiston, Florida. and made a wide right turn onto San Diego Street South and traveled onto the east shoulder. The front left wheel traveled off the shoulder and the Ford SUV overturned into a canal which paralleled San Diego Street South.
The passenger compartment became submerged under water. Alex Perez-Ramirez was pronounced deceased at 1:35 a.m. at Hendry Regional Medical Center. It was undetermined whether the passenger, Alex Perez-Ramirez, had been restrained within the vehicle.
The driver, Hermelinda Ramirez, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
It is suspected that alcohol played a factor in this crash, and an investigation is underway, according to the FHP crash report. Hermelinda Ramirez was arrested at 10:00 a.m. on May 30, 2012 by FHP and booked into the Hendry County jail on the above charges. Bond has been set at $105,000.
The Florida Highway Patrol requests that anybody with any information regarding this crash contact Corporal Jeff Rongish at 239-344-1730 ex. 1192, or call CRIMESTOPPERS to remain anonymous.