Two car accidents kick off new year

January 2, 2014 • Local News

A 30-year-old man was severely injured during a traffic accident, a little after midnight on Wednesday, in the 1000 block of West Poe Street. Richard Hernandez was flown out of state for treatment.

According to police records, Hernandez ran a stop sign and hit another vehicle occupied by four people. The police also reported that Hernandez was driving at excessive speed.

After hitting a second vehicle, Hernandez’s 2013 Hyundai struck the curb and began to roll. It also hit a parked car [auth] before the vehicle came to rest with its back tires on the roof of a residence and its front bumper on the ground.

Officers determined that no one in the first vehicle had been drinking. Hernandez’s blood was drawn at the scene to check for blood alcohol content and then he was taken by lifeflight directly from the location.

Hernandez will eventually be charged with driving under the influence, accidents involving damage to another vehicle and excessive speed.

About an hour later, Robert Villa, 17, drove a van into a vehicle that was parked in a driveway on Crooked Creek Road near Atkinson Avenue. According to witnesses, the van also knocked over a tree. Two were injured during the incident: Villa and his passenger, 18-year-old Domingo Martinez.

The incident began two hours earlier when Martinez and Villa attempted to steal alcohol from Walmart. A store employee flagged an RPD officer down to report that the two youths took a swing at security when loss prevention officers tried to stop them as they exited the store.

New Mexico State Police went to the scene of the accident and transported Villa to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where he was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated. Martinez escaped up the creek bed.

RPD located Martinez outside of an Allsup’s and took him to ENMMC for treatment. He was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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