Crash baby still in ICU

Posted at: 03/05/2013 7:00 PM
Updated at: 03/05/2013 7:15 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

First responders describe what it was like on the scene of a three car crash on I-25 near Santa Fe Monday night.

Police said 26 year-old Leela Perez was going the wrong way and caused the accident.

Five people were sent to the hospital, including a mother who had to have an emergency C-section.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned the baby boy is in the ICU at UNM Hospital. His mom is also recovering.

KOB talked to first responders and they said, last night, their priority was that baby.

Chaos is how responders described the scene Monday night. “People are screaming, crying and, of course, the responders are trying to do their job and trying to make sense of it. It’s definitely a heightened sense of concern for all of us,” said Karl Ehl, a battalion chief with the Santa Fe County Fire Department.

Ehl was one of the first to get to the scene and said knowing that a mom-to-be was possibly hurt in the crash added to the urgency rescuers felt. “Most of the people in the fire department are fathers and mothers and what sets us apart is being able to kind of rise above, if you will. But you always feel like, oh my gosh, there’s a baby involved,” added Ehl.

KOB has learned the mom is Tarra Tull of Raton. She was immediately taken to nearby St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where she underwent an emergency C-section. Her baby boy was then airlifted to UNM Hospital.

On Tuesday, rescuers wondered how the family was doing. “When they put that much energy into the care, especially of a heavy trauma like this, some will check in and see how they’re doing,” said Ehl.

Perez, the woman investigators said was driving the wrong way, is charged with great bodily injury by vehicle. She could also face a DWI charge.

Toxicology results are expected back sometime next week.