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Published on April 16th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Teen charged in alleged DWI crash that killed 2 girls

A 17-year-old Las Vegas, N.M., boy has been jailed on vehicular homicide charges in connection with a suspected DWI crash over the weekend that left two juvenile girls dead.

State police said Kayla Martinez, 14, of Las Vegas and Aleandra Sanchez, 12, of Villanueva were found dead at the scene of a 2:19 a.m. Saturday rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote just south of Las Vegas.

State police said Wayne Lovato was driving an Infiniti sedan carrying seven passengers when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times. Police said Lovato later told officers that he had been drinking before he got behind the wheel.

All eight occupants, including the driver, were ejected from the vehicle in the rollover. Police said they found the car resting on its roof in the I-25 median.

Rubio Reyes, 21, of Las Vegas was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in critical condition and as of Monday remained on life support. Briana Sanchez, 13, of Las Vegas was transported to an Albuquerque hospital, according to police, where she was in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit as of Monday.

Three other passengers, Kayla Esquibel, 17, Alexandria DeLao, 22, and Joseph Martinez, 21, all of Las Vegas were transported to a Las Vegas hospital and treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

According to police, Lovato was not found at the scene of the crash but had been taken to a Las Vegas hospital by a family member. He received treatment for serious, but not life-threatening injuries, before he was released on Sunday and arrested by state police. He is now in the custody of the Santa Fe County juvenile jail.

Lovato is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of great bodily harm by vehicle, aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and failure to render aid. Police said they were not sure how Lovato got alcohol. KRQE-TV reported that the group had spent Friday night together at one of the victims’ houses before driving.

Police are investigating if anyone else in the car was under the influence of alcohol.

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Source: www.santafenewmexican.com “Teen charged in alleged DWI crash that killed 2 girls,” April 16, 2013

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