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Roswell man charged with vehicular homicide in Albuquerque


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A Roswell man facing charges after allegedly crashing a vehicle in a local neighborhood last week has now been charged with vehicular homicide in a deadly weekend crash in Albuquerque.

In addition to one count of homicide by vehicle, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drugs, court records state that 19-year-old Casino Salazar was charged with one count each of open container, possession; and negligent use of a deadly weapon, intoxication, in connection with a Saturday accident in northeast Albuquerque that left one man dead.

A press release from the Albuquerque Police Department states the accident happened Saturday at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Montgomery Boulevard and Morris Street.

Salazar was allegedly driving a Chevrolet SUV at a high rate of speed while traveling west on Montgomery Boulevard when he collided with a silver GMC that was turning north onto Morris Street.

The driver of the GMC, later identified by APD communications director Gilbert Gallegos as Kevin Barton, 58, died in the crash.

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According to court records, Salazar and four people who were riding in the SUV with him were taken to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Eyewitnesses at the scene and passengers who were riding with Salazar later informed police that he was the driver of the SUV that allegedly caused the accident.

One witness, who was driving in a separate vehicle alongside Salazar before the crash, said he made eye contact with a man — allegedly matching Salazar’s description — moments before the crash, when they both stopped for a red light at the intersection of Montgomery and Juan Tabo boulevards.

Court records state the witness later informed police that when the light turned green, the SUV drove off at a high rate of speed, swerving in and out of its lane of travel before running a red light at the intersection of Montgomery Boulevard and Morris Street, causing the accident.

When they questioned Salazar officers reportedly noticed he had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and reeked of alcohol. Salazar, who refused a field sobriety test, denied having consumed drugs or alcohol or that he had driven the vehicle, the press release states.

Upon release from the hospital, Salazar was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Saturday’s crash came four days after Salazar was arrested and charged related to a Nov. 16 single vehicle crash in Roswell.

Court records in that accident state that at 2:50 a.m., Salazar was allegedly driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed over a bridge near the intersection of South Washington Avenue and West Summit Street when the vehicle became airborne.

The vehicle then landed and rolled across three front yards before coming to a stop.

An officer then observed a man — later identified as Salazar — flee the scene on foot before being captured. Salazar was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; reckless driving; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; failure to give immediate notice of accidents; and failure to give information or render aid.

Following an initial appearance later that day in Chaves County Magistrate Court, Judge E.J. Fouratt released Salazar on his own recognizance pending trial.

Under the conditions of his release in the Nov. 16 crash Salazar was not allowed to leave Chaves County; possess firearms; possess or consume alcohol; use or sell illegal drugs; or operate a motor vehicle, according to electronic court records.

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

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