PALMDALE – A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the alleged DUI crash this past weekend that claimed the life of a 13-year-old Rosamond boy.
Lancaster resident Peter Ramirez IV on Tuesday was charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or greater and causing an injury, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Ramirez appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to all charges. His bail was raised from $250,000 to $1 million, according to court records.
Ramirez is accused of driving drunk on April 13 and causing a single-vehicle collision that killed a 13-year-old boy and put a 2-year-old girl in the hospital with injuries. The fatal collision happened around 8:13 p.m. on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just north of Avenue O in Palmdale.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Ramirez was driving a 2007 Saturn Ion northbound on the freeway when he allowed the vehicle to travel onto the dirt center median.
He turned the steering wheel to the right, and then the vehicle crossed all the northbound lanes, crashed into a raised dirt embanked and flipped onto its side, CHP officials said.
A 13-year-old passenger died as a result of the collision, and a 2-year-old girl sustained abrasions to her body and a laceration on her head, CHP officials said.
Ramirez sustained abrasions to his arms and legs, and he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the Influence, according to CHP officials.
Another adult riding in the vehicle – 21-year-old Rosamond resident Matthew Tucker – was not injured in the collision, CHP officials said.
After pleading not guilty to murder and three other felony DUI-related charges on Tuesday, Ramirez was ordered back to county jail. He is due back in court on April 26 for a preliminary hearing.
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UPDATED 4/26/13: The preliminary hearing for Peter Ramirez that was scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to June 4, 2013, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.