From an article in Saturday’s New Mexican:
A police checkpoint at Cerrillos and Cristo’s roads planned for this weekend isn’t the stealthy kind that springs up after dark with no notice. It’s the kind the police are advertising in hopes of deterring drunken drivers.
One year ago Saturday, two sisters from Naschitti died at this location near the Santa Fe Auto Park while returning home from a state basketball tournament. A drunken driver rear-ended the car they were riding in with their parents.
The publicized DWI checkpoint to honor the Peshlakai sisters is a nice gesture from the department.
James Ruiz, the repeat drunk driver charged with their deaths, is set to go on trial in may.
Here are some past articles (in The New Mexican and on this blog) on the incident:
- DWI checkpoint to remember two sisters
- Two high-profile DWI-related fatality cases granted extensions
- S.F. Indian School honors parents of girls killed by alleged drunk driver
- Blue Corn Cafe sued over deaths in alleged DWI crash
- Driver faces charges in crash that killed two
- Emotional Lady Braves run past Hope Christian in quarterfinals
- Police suspect alcohol involved in Friday’s multicar pileup that killed two sisters