2 injured as car crashes into National Hispanic Cultural Center near downtown Albuquerque

Parnall Law News Team

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Two people were hurt, one critically, Friday night when a vehicle crashed into the National Hispanic Cultural Center, south of downtown Albuquerque, reports KOB4.

The incident took place off 4th Street Southwest, in the city’s Barelas neighborhood. It was first reported by the Albuquerque Police Department at 9:24 p.m.

Preliminary details indicate Victor Barreto, a 24-year-old man from Venezuela, was driving a minivan when he appeared to intentionally crash the vehicle into the side of the building. Authorities said he had been arguing with his girlfriend, who was sitting in the passenger seat.

Barreto and the woman were both transported to a local hospital where Barreto was listed in critical condition. Both patients have since been released.

Though several children were attending a learning program inside one of the buildings, no one else was reported injured in the incident.

The collision also caused a fire that was extinguished by a staff member.

Following the wreck, Albuquerque Police issued a warrant for Barreto’s arrest, but at the time of KOB4’s latest update, he was still not in custody.

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