The Albuquerque Police Department said officers responded to the scene of the fatal wreck on Louisiana Boulevard at Dellwood Road Northeast, at about 7:20 p.m.
According to officials, traffic footage recovered from the area shows a gold BMW and a green Mini Cooper appearing to race each other up Louisiana Boulevard. The vehicles were seen speeding a mile and a half past Indian School Road and past Menaul Boulevard. The vehicles then collided with a white Toyota that was turning onto Louisiana Boulevard from Dellwood Road.
The impact of the crash pushed the BMW spinning into a cinderblock wall and the Toyota flipped onto its roof from contact with the Mini Cooper.
Authorities said the driver of the Toyota was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her two passengers, both 14, were rushed to an area hospital in critical condition but are expected to survive.
The driver of the Mini Cooper, a 24-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. A 17-year-old girl who was a passenger in the vehicle remains in critical condition.
Although the BMW struck and knocked down a wall during the crash, its driver, 28-year-old Andy Doreste-Saumell, and a six-year-old boy in the car suffered only minor injuries.
Following the collision, the boy was released into his mother’s custody and Doreste-Saumell was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). Though alcohol is not believed to be a factor, the suspect admitted to speeding. Charges filed against him include “two counts of homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, child abuse, and street racing.”
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