$100,000 bond for woman charged in OWI accident that injured 8 people

Araceli Espino-Ramirez-RCJ

Araceli Espino-Ramirez-RCJ

Araceli E Espino-Ramirez, 28 of Milwaukee has been charged with two counts of Injury by Intoxicated Use/Vehicle, two counts of Knowingly Operating While Suspended (Cause Great Bodily Harm), six counts of Hit and Run-Involve Injury, four counts of Cause Injury/Operate While under the influence and one count of Resisting or Obstructing an Officer. She was given a $100,000 cash bond after making her initial appearance today in circuit court. Her Preliminary hearing at 09-16-2015.

According to the criminal complaint on September 6, 2015 at 11:55 p.m. Racine Police responded for a hit and run in the area of 16th and Memorial. Witnesses reported that a Dodge Pick up had run a red light at the intersection striking another vehicle. The defendant had fled the scene and was found by police in the 1500 block of Owen Ave.

The victim vehicle contained six parties, all were transported to the hospital including a girl who was taken by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa.

According to witnesses with the defendant they had come to Racine and visited relatives that day and had been drinking beer. The witness estimates the defendant had 6-7 beers. The witness also told police that he had warned the defendant that there was a red light and to stop. According to reports the witness stated that the defendant didn’t stop by accelerated running the red light striking the victim vehicle.

The two passengers in the defendants vehicle were in also injured. One suffered a broken vertebrae in his neck, lacerations to his head and face and suffered bruising on the chest and shoulder area. The second party in the defendants vehicle suffered from cuts, bruising and swelling.

The complaint states that the defendant spoke with police and admitted to being the driver of the vehicle and did not have a driver’s license. A search warrant was obtained to collect a blood draw. While officers were waiting in the room with the defendant they noted they could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. The results of the blood draw were not available at the time of publishing