LEA COUNTY, NM — A 26-year-old man has been charged after a hit-and-run crash Friday that claimed the lives of two people and a dog in Hobbs, according to KOAT.
The fatal incident occurred on West Apache Road on the evening of February 3.
A news release indicates the suspect was behind the wheel of a company vehicle when he fatally hit a 33-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman, and their dog as they walked along the road.
The driver, who fled the scene before authorities arrived, was later located after the company vehicle was identified by Hobbs Police Department detectives the next day.
According to the company that owns the vehicle, the suspect had reported his role in an accident that night. He agreed to voluntarily go with detectives to the Hobbs Police Department, where he talked to officials after being read his Miranda rights.
The suspect was taken into custody and has since received multiple charges, including “involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, accident involving death of personal injury cruelty to animals, and careless driving.” He was booked into Hobbs City Jail, where he is being held without bond.
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