4-year-old girl killed in suspected DWI crash, police charge woman with vehicular homicide

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Santa Fe Police investigating a crash from earlier this year. This is not a pic from Friday's crash scene. (Photo by Geoff Grammer/The New Mexican)

A 4-year-old girl was killed and her 3-year-old sister was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque with severe injuries from what police say was a DWI crash Friday night at the intersection of Siringo Road and St. Francis Drive around 11 p.m.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is full story from Sunday’s newspaper)

I am not on this story today for the newspaper other than posting this press release sent out this morning by Santa Fe Police Captain George Ortiz. Fellow reporter Julie Ann Grimm is on the followup today and will have more posted later Saturday on The New Mexican’s website.

Here is the press release:

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on December 30, 2011 the Santa Fe Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Saint Francis Drive and Siringo Road.

Carla Vasquez Rivera of Santa Fe was driving a 2002 Green Minivan, eastbound on Siringo Road, at the intersection of Saint Francis Drive, with her two children, (3 year old) Yeretez Jasmine Reyes Vasquez and (4 year old) Juliana Reyes Vasquez.  Deborah Aaron (56) of Santa Fe was driving a 2004 Green Land Rover, southbound on Saint Francis Drive, at the intersection of Siringo Road, when the two vehicles collided.

Both drivers and the two child passengers were transported to Christus Saint Vincent Hospital for treatement.  Both drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries, while (3 year old) Yeretez Jasmine Reyes Vaszuez was flown to UNM Hospital for further treatment.  (4 year old) Juliana Reyes Vasquez passed away at Chirsus Saint Vincent Hospital and was pronounced dead at approximately 1:00 am.

Deborah Aaron was charged with DWI and Vehicular Homicide.  Both drivers consented and had their blood drawn which will be taken to SLD Labs on Tuesday January 3, 2012. Booster seats and seatbelts were utilized in both vehicles.

Officer James Plummer is conducting the death investigation, while Officer Daniel Parsons is conducting the DWI investigation.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Comments
  1. Samantha says:

    When will PeoPle learn! Do not get behind the wheel if you have consumed alcohol! The only thing that may help these idiots realize is tougher dwi laws. My prayers are with the family, may god bless u and your family.

  2. charles mackentosh says:

    I am greatful of the St. Vincent’s ER staff that deal with these type of traumas each day and night. I am just curious on who assists them in dealing with the death of little children afterwards and if they have any one from the hospital that specializes in trauma and death counseling for police, fire, ER staff, etc.? I heard this 4 year-old death was taking a toll on the first responders at the scene and I was wondering if any spiritual or faith-based was used for calming everyone down and the family involved in the tragedy?

  3. Vanessa Mireles says:

    Supe que la mujer que conducia ebria es medico cirujano en Santa Fe, me da mucha pena que por manejar tomada ocaciono un grave accidente, conosco a las personas con quien ella choco y no merecian pasar por tanto dolor a causa de la inprudencia de esa sra. Deborah Allen, la familia Reyes Vazquez necesita ayuda para juntar dinero para los gastos funerarios asi como tambien para el hospital a las personas que lean esto y puedan ayudar se les agradece mucho, en las tiendas hispanas ( panaderias,carnicerias,tortill​erias,paisano,subway walmart,subway aeropuerto y zafarano.)hay alcancias rosas con la foto de la niña cualquier ayuda es buena y Dios se los recompensara.

  4. Michael Wright says:

    Can someone please send me the location, date and time for the funeral?

    m_e_wright@austin.rr.com

  5. David says:

    The New Mexican story states; “…police say the crash was caused by a suspected drunken driver.”
    While they haven’t officially said yet, who ran the red light at that intersection; it appears that the crash MAY have been caused by the minivan running the red light and driving across/into the path of the Land Rover. There’s also speculation that the Land Rover was going over the speed limit. Very tragic, sad, regardless whose fault.

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