Crime

Oxnard resident sentenced to prison for DUI, injuring children

Sonny Ramos had BAC of 0.17% at time of crash

VENTURA, Calif. - Oxnard resident Sonny Curtis Ramos, 37, will be spending the next 8 years and 4 months in state prison for driving under the influence of alcohol and gravely injuring three children when he crashed through the victims' home.

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office announced Ramos' sentence on Tuesday adding that Ramos was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims and his driver's license was suspended--again.

Not only was Ramos' blood alcohol content 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit, at the time of the November 2016 crash, but his driver's license had been suspended at the time from a previous DUI conviction, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Just after 4:00 a.m. on Nov. 7, Ramos drove his Chevrolet Silverado at speeds between 60-80 mph on a residential street in Oxnard. He failed to stop at a T-intersection resulting in him crashing into a home and striking three children who were inside.

A 2-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy were trapped between a wall inside the home and Ramos' car. The 2-year-old suffered broken bones that required surgery, and the 8-year-old suffered a collapsed lung, broken bones that required surgery and bleeding in his brain. He was hospitalized for a month.

 A 15-year-old teen also suffered several injuries including lacerations and abrasions to her arms and legs.


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