A North Charleston firefighter, a Charleston County paramedic and four bystanders were struck by an allegedly intoxicated driver’s vehicle while responding to an accident on Ashley Phosphate Road early this morning.
In all, seven people, including the medic and firefighter, were transported to area hospitals.
“Felix Garcia-Romero is charged with three counts of felony driving under the influence as a result of the accident,” said Spencer Pryor, spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department.
The injured medic was treated and released overnight and the firefighter remains at Medical University Hospital. The firefighter, whose name was not released, was out of surgery this morning and recovering in the intensive care unit, Fire Department information officer Bianca A. Sancic said.
North Charleston firefighters were called to the initial accident at 3940 Ashley Phosphate Road to assist with a two vehicle crash at 1:44 a.m. Upon arrival, they assisted Charleston County EMS with patient care. The second crash, which injured the emergency responders and bystanders, happened just over 15 minutes later.
Garcia-Romero, 26, of 1990 Hawthorne Drive, was arrested at the accident scene.