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Street Racing Leads to Fatal Crash In Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM (February 23, 2023) — One woman was killed and another was injured Tuesday night after a street racer collided with their vehicle in Las Cruces. The accident occurred shortly before 10:30 PM at the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Espina Street.

According to Las Cruces Police, the two women were traveling southbound on Espina in a 2013 Hyundai Sonata when a 17-year-old racing another vehicle in his 2006 Dodge Ram ran a red light going eastbound on Lohman. Las Cruces firefighters responded to the scene and performed emergency care on the two women. The 27-year-old driver was transported to Memorial Medical Center and then transferred to the University Medical Center of El Paso with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. However, the 21-year-old passenger, Amanda Jean Murillo Gallegos, succumbed to her injuries after being transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center.

The 17-year-old driver initially fled on foot after the accident but turned himself in to police shortly after the crash. He has been charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident, street racing, and a red light violation. He has since been booked into the juvenile section of the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Source: City of Las Cruces

Condolences to Those Affected by This Las Cruces Fatal Crash

The attorneys of Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. offer their condolences to the friends and family of the victims of this accident. Street racing in Las Cruces is already a major problem, and it’s devastating that it has caused another person to lose their life. We hope that those affected by this crash are able to seek the justice they deserve.

Your Options After an Accident Injures You or Claims the Life of a Family Member

Unfortunately, crashes like this are all too common, despite being preventable. For those who are injured, it is difficult to determine how an injury will affect their life long-term. In addition, when street racing leads to a fatal crash in Las Cruces, the family of the victim is often left trying to figure out how they can find justice for that loss. In either case, we want you to know that our attorneys are here for you. 

In cases of injury, Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. can advise you on your options for filing a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. However, if you have lost a family member due to another driver’s negligence, we can consider your options for filing a wrongful death claim. No matter the circumstances, we are here to listen and provide legal guidance in any way we can.

Contact Us Today for a Free Case Review

Whether you had a loved one injured or killed in this accident or one similar, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our Las Cruces accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for you and your family every step of the way. We put our skills, experience, and knowledge to work for you from day one and work tirelessly to give you the best representation possible. To schedule a free case review, please call us at 575-222-1000 or send us a message.

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James Tawney

James Tawney is a native of the Southwest dedicated to serving his community. He was born and raised in Arizona where he attended Northern Arizona University where he received his undergraduate degree. James then went on to attend Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. In 2016, he, along with fellow plaintiff’s attorney Alejandro Acosta, founded Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. with offices located in Las Cruces and Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

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