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Conviction for driver that took the life of motorcyclist

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, January 3, 2013

A fatal crash during May 2011 near Chimayo, New Mexico, resulted in charges against a 57-year-old man. He was recently convicted of those charges, many of them stemming from the fact that he was driving drunk. Officially, the 57-year-old man was charged with two counts of aggravated DWI, two counts of great bodily injury by vehicle, one count of vehicular homicide and one count of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident.

The DWI accident occurred on May 28, 2011, during Memorial Day weekend, while a 51-year-old man and five others were on a motorcycle trip together. The 51-year-old man was the leader of the Duke City Drifters, a motorcycle club based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group was traveling through northern New Mexico when they encountered the allegedly drunk driver.

Reports indicate that the accident occurred while the motorcyclists were traveling on New Mexico 76, also known as the High Road to Taos. That was when the driver of the truck crossed the center line and collided with the lead bike, belonging to the 51-year-old man. Another individual was riding with him and both were severely injured. The 51-year-old man eventually died.

According to a statement from one of the other riders in the group, the accident was nightmarish. The 51-year-old man who lost his life was a veteran who enjoyed the history of New Mexico.

Despite several hiccups in the investigation of the crash, the driver was convicted and will likely receive a sentence of at least 15 years in prison. Those aforementioned hiccups involved the accidental scrapping of the truck involved in the crash and the attribution of a report to an officer who said that she did not write it.

Source: Journal North, "Driver Is Convicted in DWI Fatality," Bill Rodgers, Dec. 28, 2012