City running DWI checkpoint at site/anniversary of fatal crash that killed sisters in 2010

Posted: March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The Santa Fe Indian School girls basketball team dedicated last year's Class 3-A state title to the Peshlakai sisters who police say were killed by a drunk driver on March 5, 2010. (Natalie Guillen/The New Mexican)

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.

A five-car accident on Cerrillos leaves a pair of sisters dead and others injured. (Natalie Guillen/The New Mexican)

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:

  1. […] SFPD held the check point on the anniversary of the crash and at the site of the crash. The checkpoint was near the intersection of Cerrillos and Cristos roads in southwest Santa Fe, near Interstate 25 where the girls and their family were driving to on their way home after a high school basketball game. […]

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