DWI suspect charged after fatal crash on I-40 in NW Albuquerque

Parnall Law News Team

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A 31-year-old man was arrested Saturday after a crash that claimed a life on Interstate 40 in northwest Albuquerque, reports KOB4.

The accident happened on the westbound lanes at mile marker 154, before Unser Boulevard Northwest, at about 3:38 a.m. Albuquerque Police responded to the scene at about 4:15 a.m.

According to authorities, a man and a woman were working on the flat tire of a Honda in the emergency lane. At one point, the suspect’s red GMC pickup truck hit the Hyundai that was parked behind the Honda.

First responders rushed both the male and female pedestrians to UNMH, where the woman later died from her injuries. Officials said the man suffered a brain bleed; he was last listed in critical but stable condition.

Responding officers said the driver of the pickup displayed signs of intoxication, including a strong odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. He told officers he was crying over the state of his damaged vehicle, and admitted to having had three beers. He was arrested for DWI after failing a sobriety test. He has since been charged with “once count of vehicular DWI homicide and DWI great bodily harm by vehicle.”

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