Baby Delivered Prematurely after Suspected DUI Crash Dies

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UPDATE: Ronny Ward III was taken into custody by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Main Jail on Friday.

RIO LINDA — The baby delivered through an emergency Cesarean section Monday after his mother was struck by a suspected drunken driver has died, officials confirmed to FOX40 on Thursday.

Ciara Villegas had just taken maternity photos on Sunday. She was six months pregnant at the time of the crash.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for medical and funeral expenses.

Investigators say 23-year-old Ronny Ward III slammed his yellow Jeep into Villegas’ car at M Street and 4th Avenue.

One man who lives nearby says he rushed to the scene to keep Ward from leaving.

“He was doing donuts and he hit a car. And then he knocked her all way to the corner and then ran over a telephone pole,” the man, who did not want to be identified, told FOX40.

Ward was booked into jail on charges of driving with a suspended license and felony DUI causing injury or death but was later released, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The DA released a statement on Wednesday saying:

“Our ethical obligations as prosecutors prevent us from discussing the evidence in any particular case.  What we can say is that in this particular case we are in the process of gathering all the evidence.  At this time, we are unable to complete that task in a matter that will allow the defendant to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today.  We will continue to gather all of the evidence and when that process is complete, we will determine what if any charges are appropriate to file at that time.”




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