(GALLUP, NM, Jan. 19, 2021) – The New Mexico State Police and McKinnley County Sheriff’s Department arrested a truck driver accused of hitting and killing a woman and an infant.
On January 19, Jessica Copey and the infant she was carrying in a car seat were hit by a commercial motor vehicle.
The vehicle fled the scene, where Copey and the baby both died, according to NMSP.
The authorities ascertained that Copey was walking in the left lane of I-40 near Gallup when she was struck by the westbound truck.
To locate the responsible party, NMSP put out state-wide alerts to all law enforcement agencies.
McKinnley County officers found a CMV with heavy front damage parked at a truck stop on January 20.
The truck stop is located off of I-40 exit 39, just over 20 miles from Gallup.
The officers identified and located the driver, Jagjeet Singh of Indiana. Singh was arrested and booked by McKinnley County officers; he did not resist arrest.
The authorities searched the CMV and found heroin and methamphetamine in addition to drug paraphernalia.
Singh is currently facing two felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in great bodily injury or death.
He is also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is leading the investigation, which remains open.
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