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Alleged drunk, speeding driver charged with vehicular homicide in crash that killed Oñate High School football player

Adolfo Angel Gurrola-Romero
Adolfo Angel Gurrola-Romero, charged with vehicular homicide in car crash that killed an Onate High School football player.
Luis Mendez
Lissette Quinones
Luis Mendez, seen in his football uniform.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A Mesquite man who police contend was drunk and speeding when his car was involved in a deadly crash over the weekend has been charged with vehicular homicide, authorities said Monday.

Adolfo Angel Gurrola-Romero, 22, was being held without bond in the Dona Ana County Detention Center. In addition to vehicular homicide, he also faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident that caused death.

Las Cruces police said the charges against Gurrola-Romero stem from the death of 18-year-old Luis Alberto Mendez, an Onate High School football player whose car was struck by Gurrola-Romero's car early Saturday morning on Bataan Memorial West near Tayvis Road.

A police report indicates Gurrola-Romero's Chevrolet Camaro "was likely traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour at the time of the crash" along what is a 35 mile-per-hour zone in the city.

Mendez' Pontiac Grand Am was engulfed in flames following the crash; the police report said a sheriff's deputy tried to rescue him but the flames were too intense.

Gurrola-Romero ran away from the crash scene, according to police who said they arrested him a short time later at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant wearing no shoes.

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Jim Parker

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  1. Adolfo Angel Gurrola-Romero…. How many Fking names do you need? 120 mph? And he ran off… Damn, this POS should have been mince meat. No bond! Jail and then a murder charge should be handed to this MFkr! Public execution for a$$holes like this that put the safety of the public in jeopardy! Burn in He77!!!

  2. Cold days, rainy days, windy days., late nights, not a cop in sight. I guess people don’t break the law on such days. Sunnys days? All over town ticketing the working class. Profiting from human error must be a very satisfying job. The only job where it’s 100% profit. Nothing in return. Even the cars, fuel, etc are paid by the people they ticket thru taxation. Then we have the retired law enforcement like nadodave/madmike/gee dubb bitc&$g about the judges who through their work they funded the circle of 100 % profit. And they still trash their city and elected officials. Those are real mofos.

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