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Witness: Damage to the victim’s car was ‘catastrophic’

March 12, 2014 • Local News

New Mexico v. Joel Cordoba-Lopez entered its second day of state’s evidence, Wednesday. Cordoba-Lopez is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and speeding. The crash occurred on Aug. 5, 2012, around 3:54 a.m. when a 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by Cordoba-Lopez ran over a blue Hyundai Sonata at the intersection of Brasher Road and South East Main Street, leaving Mandy Miranda and son, Joe Alvarez, dead inside the vehicle.

The state’s first three witnesses set the stage for the information provided by the Escalade’s “black box.”

Det. Jonathan Daniel testified to gathering evidence, including blood swabs from the Escalade. He also photographed the scene, showing the length of a debris trail and the condition of the two vehicles. The photos revealed the Sonata’s roof had been crushed and the driver’s side torn away.

One rim from the Escalade was bent; the front end smashed and the roof flattened. Daniel collected the driver’s airbags from the Escalade and the tail lights belonging to the Sonata for examination by the Department of Public Safety’s Login to read more

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One Response to Witness: Damage to the victim’s car was ‘catastrophic’

  1. DeniseMe96 says:

    Wow, cool, and very impressive bi-line. Really well-written story. I felt that impact, and my heart just sank. So very tragic and sad. RIP to the victims and their family. Was the guy drunk or ?

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