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News: Man sentenced for Ranchos de Taos crash that killed passenger in car

TAOS, NM – A man has been sentenced to prison for a crash in New Mexico in July 2020 that killed a woman riding in his car, the Taos News reports.

Desiderio Garcia was driving on State Road 240 in Ranchos de Taos when his vehicle crashed into a tree at about 7 p.m. The passenger, 39-year-old Lisa Marie Day of Taos, was pronounced dead at the scene.  After the crash, New Mexico State Police determined that alcohol was a contributing factor in the incident and seatbelts did not appear to have been properly utilized.

Garcia pleaded guilty last week to vehicular homicide in the case, a second-degree felony.   He was sentenced to 15 years at the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Nine years of the sentence was suspended, and Garcia will have to serve six years before being eligible for parole.

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While pursuing a major in history and French at Rice University in the early 1990s, I spent a year studying at La Sorbonne in Paris in 1991. I received my B.A. from Rice University in 1993 and continued to focus on writing — mostly fiction and plays — for a year before entering New Mexico University School of Law. Since then, my team has helped to recover more than $100 million for our clients. Though my firm has grown quickly to fill the legal needs of our community, it has retained its focus on providing excellent service to clients.