News: Judge rules man accused in fatal crash in South Valley can drive again for work

Bert Parnall

SOUTH VALLEY, NM – A court hearing was held Wednesday in the case of a man charged in a fatal crash in the South Valley in May, according to KOB.

Authorities said Manuel Soria was driving a vehicle that crashed into a car pulling out of the Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey on Coors Boulevard.  The collision killed Father Graham Golden.

At the hearing to change conditions of Soria’s release, Judge Jennifer Wernersbach ruled that Soria will be allowed to drive again, but only for his job and not for any other reason.  He had not been permitted to drive since the arrest.

Investigators said Soria had been speeding and street racing at the time the wreck occurred. He is charged with homicide by vehicle.

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