Charges filed against driver in fatal DUI crash

Charges filed against driver in fatal DUI crash

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Formal charges were filed Monday against a drunk driver who caused a crash that killed a 9-year old boy on Christmas morning.

Fort Pierce Police say Julio Ruiz of Fort Pierce was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla eastbound in the westbound lane of Cortez Boulevard at 4:38 a.m. on December 25, 2017 when he crashed into an unoccupied Ford F-250 pickup that was parked off the roadway.

An adult woman and a 5-year old girl were injured in the crash. 9-year old Isaac Santillan of Fort Pierce died at the scene.

An investigation revealed that Ruiz had a blood alcohol level of .145 at the time of the crash and was driving at least 77 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone.

Ruiz has been in the St. Lucie County Jail since January 5 on unrelated charges.

The new charges filed against him include vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm, two counts of DUI with bodily injury, one count of DUI with property damage, and driving with license suspended -  prior conviction.

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