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Bond set Sunday for man charged with 3 counts of felony DUI

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Felix Garcia-Romera (Courtesy: CCDC) Felix Garcia-Romera (Courtesy: CCDC)
Engineer Darin Kingery (provided) Engineer Darin Kingery (provided)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Bond was set at $300,000 Sunday for a man charged with three counts of felony DUI after police say he drove through an accident scene and hit a firefighter, a medic and four other people.

North Charleston firefighters say they were called to a two-car crash at 3940 Ashley Phosphate Road around 2 a.m. Saturday. 

While Charleston County EMS treated people in that wreck, another car drove through the scene hitting one firefighter, one medic and four other people, according to North Charleston Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca Sancic.

The driver of that car was Felix Garcia-Romero, according to police. 

The police report says Garcia-Romero was traveling north on Ashley Phosphate and crossed seven lanes, including the turn lane in the center, to avoid the firetruck and collided with the victims.

Firefighters say the medic was treated overnight and released. The firefighter underwent surgery and was in ICU as of Saturday afternoon, according to Sancic.

Garcia-Romero's wife talked to ABCNews4 outside of bond court but did not want to go on camera. His wife said she was shocked when she heard the judge set bond, but at the time she didn't know other people were hurt or involved in the crash.

She said when she spoke to her husband in jail, he didn't remember anything that happened only that he woke up in jail.

His wife said she doesn't have the money to bail him out and she suspects he will be deported.

She also wants to apologize to the family members of the people hurt in the accident.

On Monday, Sancic identified the injured firefighter as Engineer Darin Kingery, a 12-year-veteran of the department. Sancic said Kingery suffered multiple fractures and remains in the intensive care unit at MUSC.

The medic, Joshua Sader who has been with the department for six months, was treated and released the night of the crash. He has returned to duty.

Sancic also said the department's investigation into the crash showed that the fire engine was "placed on the roadway in a defensive position," and that the firefighters on scene were wearing ANSI approved reflective vests, per department guidelines.     

As for the other four victims, they have been identified by police as four females and a 35-year-old, including three teens and a juvenile. According to a police report, three of the girls had broken legs and many other injuries.

While police were investigating the accident, they found an expired insurance card in Garcia-Romero's black Honda and he was also lacking a driver's license.

The report says Garcia-Romero told police he had had two drinks when they noticed that he smelled of alcohol.

 

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