PINE LAWN, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Police say a suspected drunk driver struck a pregnant woman before crashing into a daycare in Pine Lawn is an immigrant from Guatemala with an expired visa.
According to authorities, Eddie Ramirez, 42, was traveling near the intersection of Jennings Station and Margaret around 4:15 p.m. when he hit 22-year-old Sharmay Hill, who is three months pregnant.
Hill was transported to the hospital with a broken hip and leg. She underwent a second surgery Thursday. She and the child were in stable condition, according to police.
Ramirez, who police say was intoxicated at the time, was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.
Police and immigration officers were piecing together a criminal case against him, but said charges could not be filed until he was released from the hospital.
Police said in addition to an expired visa, Ramirez did not have a driver’s license.
Witnesses to the crash said Ramirez had been driving so erratically prior to the accident, one driver was ready to call the police.
“I was actually getting ready to call police and that’s when I honked the horn at him and he just floored it and ran her over,” said Neal Dubro.
Ramirez came to a stop after hitting Hill.
Witnesses who responded quickly were shocked at what they saw, but may have prevented further injury.
“I heard her hollering, so I ran down to make sure she didn’t go in shock or anything,” said Antoinette Hester. “But the whole side of her hip is like, was twisted, like broke and she started moving but I told her don’t move until the ambulance comes.”