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Man pleaded guilty to hit-and-run charges

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Last February, a 50-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The fatal accident has caused serious grief for the man's family during the time since the collision occurred. According to prosecutors, the driver that struck the 50-year-old was a 27-year-old man with an extensive criminal history. Despite having pleaded guilty to several charges, he stands by his story that he was not the first car to hit the man.

Reports indicate that the 50-year-old was crossing Agua Fría Street after having some drinks with a friend who lived near the area. While crossing, he was hit by a maroon Saturn supposedly driven by the 27-year-old. That vehicle was not his though - it was a woman's that had allowed him to borrow it. A month after the accident, she told police investigators that the 27-year-old seemed scared when he returned the vehicle. She also said that he reported hitting a body.

He did not turn himself in after the accident occurred. According to records, he was arrested a month after the crash when he was seen driving a silver Dodge pickup in south Santa Fe. Police reported that the vehicle he was in was supposedly stolen. It may have been used in several burglaries, as well. When police attempted to apprehend the 27-year-old, he led them on a high-speed chase that lasted an hour. Police took him into custody after he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

The man recently pleaded guilty to nine felony charges, including two counts of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing of law enforcement, one count of larceny, two counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary and one count of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in great bodily harm or death. He was sentenced to five years, with one year included as part of a habitual offender punishment.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, "Plea deal nets man 5 years hit-and-run death," Nico Roesler, Nov. 16, 2012