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1-year-old critically injured in Durham hit and run

Posted May 3, 2012
Updated May 4, 2012

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— A 1-year-old child was critically injured in a hit and run while sitting inside a car that had run out of gas late Wednesday on Interstate 85 in Durham.

Police said Thursday that a Dodge pickup truck crashed into the back of the Honda Accord, which was parked on the Roxboro Street off-ramp from northbound I-85 around 11:50 p.m.

The child, who was in a car seat in the back of the Honda, was being treated at Duke University Hospital Thursday.

A woman and a 3-year-old child who were in the car were also treated for minor injuries.

Authorities did not release their names.

The pickup truck's driver, Oscar Jarmillo-Perez, 26, of Constance Avenue in Durham, was later arrested and charged with driving while impaired and felony hit-and-run.

Police said that, after the crash, the driver and another person in the truck jumped and ran. A third passenger was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The exit ramp from I-85 North to North Roxboro Street was closed for several hours overnight while investigators took measurements and tried to determine a cause of the wreck.

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  • crand2003 May 10, 2012

    Was the Honda parked 'on the off-ramp' or parked on the 'shoulder of the off-ramp'?

  • A.V.N. May 9, 2012

    Living in a nation that "caters" to Hispanics... Hmm... You really wanna know how many i see driving down the road crossing lanes and looking drunk? But yet, LEO's do nothing about it. Because there are more Hispanic drunks here in Durham driving than there are police. Yea let him out of jail all i gotta say is if he or someone hits me that is drunk or not and runs, they better hope my car is disabled that's all i got to say.

  • belle08 May 7, 2012

    He was released on bail. A child is in the ICU fighting for their life while he is out and about living his life. The court system is very crooked in Durham County, something needs to be done fast.

  • CrewMax May 4, 2012

    Way to defend a criminal, Pepe. You should be a lawyer.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 May 4, 2012

    was later arrested and charged with driving while impaired and felony hit-and-run.

    From the looks of the pictures and when you see his eyes you can easily see he was under the influence. May justice be served for this 1 year old. When will people realize, regardless of race, not to drive when you are drinking or had a drink. Its proven that it is dangerous and it harms and kills people when you are behind the wheel. When you drink, allow somone else to do the driving or else stay home.

  • Rebelyell55 May 3, 2012

    I really hope this guy get some serious time and no license forever (if he even got any).

  • Pepe Silvia May 3, 2012

    "Pepe, I am not a gambler, but the odds on this one are pretty sweet that he is not a legal resident." - aetius476

    What if his name had been John Smith, would you have automatically assumed the same? If his name was Paddy O'Malley would you assume he was here illegally from Ireland? Doubt it.

    Maybe he ran because he is here illegally, but then again maybe he ran because he was drunk and thought he could get away without getting caught. Maybe he ran because he'd been arrested for DWI before and his license was suspended or he didn't want to get caught again.

    All of those actions make him a criminal and a coward, regardless of where he is from or his legal status. Born and raised legal Americans commit crimes - including DWI and hit & run - ALL THE TIME.

  • aetius476 May 3, 2012

    "Taking off after causing injury or maybe death to someone else is one of the lowest form of life." - eddybal

    I would say illegal and not wanting to face deportation.

    Or, felons on parole, or with outstanding warrants.

    Or, they both had to pee really bad...

  • aetius476 May 3, 2012

    "Maybe he is here illegally, maybe he isn't" - Pepe Silva

    We will find out soon enough, felony hit and run, while under influence, will definitely warrant an immigration check. Even in a "sanctuary city" such as Durham.

    Pepe, I am not a gambler, but the odds on this one are pretty sweet that he is not a legal resident.

    I wonder if he even had a license?...

  • carrboroyouth May 3, 2012

    Because parking on an interstate off-ramp is always a wise decision, no matter what time of day it is. *smdh*

    A worse decision is driving under the influence of alcohol, no?

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