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Stafford First Responder Injured by Drunk Driver
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
August 20, 2022

A Maryland man faces several serious charges after driving under the influence and injuring a firefighter at an accident scene Thursday night.

On August 18th at 11:08 p.m. deputies responded to a serious accident on I-95 North at the 134.5 mile-marker. The investigation by Deputy L.T. Ward revealed a Stafford County firetruck was stationary on the scene of an accident with emergency equipment activated. An intoxicated driver drove directly into the rear of the firetruck injuring his four passengers and a firefighter.

The intoxicated driver was identified as Ricardo Rodriguez-Montoya, 41. Deputy Ward discovered there were three children in Rodriguez-Montoya’s vehicle and they were not properly restrained.

Rodriguez-Montoya was charged with DUI, reckless driving, DUI maiming, felony child neglect and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

The passengers in Rodriguez-Montoya’s car were hospitalized with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The firefighter was treated for his injuries at the hospital and released. We wish them all a speedy recovery.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.


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