LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 21-year-old Lufkin man agreed to a six-year prison sentence Tuesday in connection to an alcohol-related auto-pedestrian accident at the South Timberland Drive in October 2011 that injured an 8-year-old.
Martin Ramirez Jr., 21, appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court for a plea hearing Tuesday morning. He pleaded guilty to felony charges of accident involving injury or death and driving while intoxicated.
According to the report from the Lufkin Police Department, officers responded to a call of a one-vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at about 12:20 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2011. While the officers were en route, the vehicle involved in the accident left the scene.
Callers were able to identify the vehicle, including its license plate. A witness on the scene said the vehicle's driver, who was later identified as Ramirez, was driving recklessly. He was speeding and weaving through traffic before the accident.
Ramirez turned sharply into the restaurant's parking lot, and struck an 8-year-old girl that had been riding her bicycle. A previous East Texas News story stated that Ramirez stopped briefly before getting back into his vehicle and leaving the scene.
A short time later, Lufkin Police officers spotted Ramirez driving in the 100 block of Everett Street. After he was stopped and arrested, on-scene investigation revealed that he was intoxicated and that he was the driver that fled the scene at Taco Bell.
The 8-year-old girl was transported by ambulance to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital for treatment, and Ramirez was taken to the Angelina County Jail.