Firefighter injured in North Charleston wreck conscious, talking

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The North Charleston firefighter who was critically injured when a car drove through an accident scene earlier this month is conscious and talking from his Intensive Care Unit bed, officials said Tuesday.

According to the North Charleston Fire Department, Darin Kingery is still in ICU at Medical University Hospital, but he is awake and speaking. He is in stable condition and expected to remain in ICU for a few more days, officials said.

As a result of the crash, Kingery has had several surgeries, including one to remove the lower part of his right leg.

Donations to assist the family can be made at any First Federal Bank location in Darin Kingery's name, officials said.

Police arrested Felix Garcia-Romero at the scene and charged him with{}three counts of felony DUI.

In all, six{}people were injured- four bystanders, one firefighter and one medic. Police say the alleged drunk driver did not have a U.S. issued driver's license.

The suspect's wife told ABC News 4 she suspects he will be deported.

Garcia-Romero is in jail on $300,000 bond. Authorities said he did not have a U.S. driver's license.

North Charleston firefighters were called to a two-car crash at 3940 Ashley Phosphate Road shortly before 2 a.m. June 8. While helping a Charleston County EMS crew treat the people involved in the crash, another car drove through the scene hitting one firefighter, one medic and four other people, officials said.

That crash happened at 2 a.m., according to fire officials.