A North Carolina woman has been accused of driving while intoxicated and driving recklessly after crashing her car on Saturday night and killing her two children.
Forty-year-old Amanda Lynn Davis, 40, was heading north on Russell Road in Durham when the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan she was driving left the roadway and hit a brick column and a tree.
Sgt. Christopher Knox of the State Highway Patrol said the authorities were of the opinion that speed and impairment led to the crash.
Knox reported that the car burst into flames immediately after the crash. Five-year-old Ayden Ramirez and six-year-old Ronnie Ramirez Jr. were sitting in the backseat and they died at the scene.
Meanwhile, Davis was taken to Duke University Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
She was charged with careless and reckless driving as well as DWI. However, Knox said
Highway Patrol will work with the Durham County District Attorney’s Office on additional charges.
The sheriff’s office revealed that Davis was written up for reckless and careless driving earlier on Saturday. She was stopped in the 6300 blocks of Guess Road.
Officers did not detect any alcohol on Davis’ breath, but she reportedly had to leave her car and have a friend pick her up.
The sheriff’s office said it is believed that Davis and her children were in the same vehicle later in the evening.
The children’s father Ronnie Ramirez Sr. was in Houston when he learned that his kids died. He called Ronnie Jr. the best son in the world and recalled Ayden’s shyness and smile.
He said Davis has bipolar disorder and she often drove while under the influence of her medication. He said he discouraged her from doing this.
Despite Davis’ problems, Ramirez said he believes what happened was just a terrible accident.