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News: Man sentenced to prison for causing crash that killed Albuquerque hip-hop artist

SANTA FE, NM – A man has been sentenced to prison in connection with a November 2019 crash that claimed the life of an Albuquerque hip-hop artist, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

26-year-old Diego Pichardo of Santa Fe was found guilty of vehicular homicide for causing the accident that left 30-year-old Andrew Martinez dead and another man injured.

Investigators said Pichardo was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck on the wrong side of West Alameda Street at about 60 miles an hour when he collided with a Ford sedan driven by Martinez, who performed under the stage name Wake Self.  Martinez died three days later and another man in his car was seriously injured.

A judge sentenced Pichardo to the maximum sentence of 18 years in prison.  He will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

Martinez had been preparing to release his fourth album in the coming days when the accident occurred.

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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.