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Motion filed to hold suspect without bond in Dec. 24 crash


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The District Attorney’s Office is requesting a man charged in a Christmas Eve crash that left one woman dead be held without bond until after his trial.

Dominic Canales-Flores (Submitted Photo)

Electronic court records state an expedited motion for pretrial detention and request for a concurrent preliminary hearing was filed Tuesday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in the case of Dominic Canales-Flores, 20.

A date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The motion lists the severity of the criminal charges against Canales-Flores and his alleged conduct, along with the unknown status of his employment, ties to the community and family resources as reasons for the motion to be granted.

Canales-Flores’ attorney Ira Shiflett did not respond to a request for comment before press time Wednesday.

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Should a district court judge determine at the hearing through clear and convincing evidence that Canales-Flores represents a danger to another individual and the community and that no conditions of release could reasonably assure their safety, the motion for pre-trial detention will be granted. Also at the hearing, a preliminary examination will be held to determine whether probable cause exists to bring the case to trial.

Canales-Flores, according to court documents, was traveling in a Honda at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour Dec. 24 at about 11 a.m. when he allegedly struck a Chevrolet SUV in a residential neighborhood in the area of North Union Avenue and West College Boulevard.

A passenger in the Chevy, Devany Brunk, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Chevy and Canales-Flores were both transported to hospitals to be treated for injuries.

Canales-Flores was subsequently charged with one count each of homicide by vehicle; great bodily harm by vehicle; reckless driving; speeding; driving on roadways laned for traffic; accident involving damage to vehicles; failure to give immediate notice of accidents; driver must be licensed; possession of alcoholic beverages in open containers in a motor vehicle, as well as two counts of vehicles entering stop or yield intersections, failure to stop or yield.

According to court documents, in the moments before the fatal collision, a Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the Honda traveling at a high rate of speed on North Union Avenue and sideswipe a pickup truck.

No one sustained extensive injuries in the crash with the pickup, but according to court documents, the Honda did not stop and continued traveling at high rates of speed. The Honda then reportedly went through two stop signs and failed to yield to oncoming traffic before slamming into the SUV.

The Honda overturned several times and broke through a fence before landing in a backyard of a 900 block of West 14th Street residence. Canales-Flores was later found at the scene inside the vehicle and slumped over the passenger’s seat.

Investigators, court documents state, later determined the Honda was traveling up to 90 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone when it struck the Chevy.

A strong odor of alcohol was allegedly detected in the Honda by police, according to court documents, along with several open bottles of beer, an open bottle of medication Canales-Flores did not have a prescription for, a partially full bottle of Vodka and another bottle of alcohol.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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