ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A man died Sunday morning in a pedestrian crash involving a DUI suspect near Albuquerque’s Old Town neighborhood, reports Albuquerque Journal.
Albuquerque Police responded to the scene at Central Avenue Southwest and Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest, near the Walgreens store. The fatal incident was first reported at about 5:00 a.m.
According to officials, a 22-year-old man was driving a black Dodge Challenger westbound on Central Avenue at a high rate of speed. At one point, he lost control of the vehicle as it hit the curb, continued up the sidewalk, and struck the pedestrian, who had been walking eastbound on the road’s north side, near a bus stop.
The Challenger went on to collide with a power pole before stopping in the Walgreens parking lot.
Albuquerque Police said the driver fled the site on foot after removing the vehicle’s license plate. Some time later, he returned with his parents and consented to sobriety tests, which revealed signs of impairment.
The driver was arrested and faces charges of “vehicular homicide” and “tampering with evidence.” A warrant was obtained to test for alcohol in his blood.
An investigation was in progress.
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