Hit-and-run driver charged after Las Vegas crash that claimed pedestrian’s life

Parnall Law News Team

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, NM — A 22-year-old woman was taken into custody last Saturday, December 21, following a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Las Vegas, reports Santa Fe New Mexican.

Las Vegas Police said the incident took place along Grand Avenue, near Knights Inn.

While officials have not released a sequence of events leading up to the crash, a nearby surveillance camera captured at least part of the crash.

First responders arrived to find the body of the victim, 32-year-old Justin Jaramillo, near the inn, along with a bicycle that had broken in two.

Jaramillo, a Las Vegas resident, was pronounced deceased by the state Office of the Medical Investigator.

Also present at the scene were debris from the vehicle that fled the scene. Investigators were able to connect the debris to the suspect, Mercedes Alexis Zimmerly, also a local resident, whose white SUV showed damage consistent with the collision.

Zimmerly now faces three felony charges.


At least 1 left hurt following crash on NM-528 near Cottonwood Commons

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Police were dispatched to an injury collision late Sunday morning, December 24, in northwest Albuquerque’s Seven Bar Ranch area, according to APD Traffic.

The accident was reported on a stretch of New Mexico State Road 528 at Ellison Drive Northwest, near the Cottonwood Commons shopping center. Officers responded to the scene some time before 10:30 a.m.

As of this writing, the department has not indicated the circumstances of the event or the number of vehicles involved.

The exact number of those injured and the severity of their conditions were also unclear.


2 critically injured as car crashes into east Albuquerque residence

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Two people were rushed to a hospital Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a home in east Albuquerque, reports KOB4.

The collision took place in the 10900 block of Mahlon Avenue Northeast, near Jackson Middle School in the city’s Jackson Area neighborhood. Albuquerque Police and Albuquerque Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene some time after 12:30 p.m.

While neither agency has released a sequence of events leading up to the accident, AFR said firefighters had to extricate the driver out of the vehicle. The car also had to be lifted off of one other person, who was transported to the hospital along with the driver.

Authorities did not say whether anyone inside the residence was hurt.

At the time of KOB4’s report, AFR crews were working to stabilize the house in order to remove the vehicle from the structure.

Albuquerque Police Department officials continue to investigate.


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