WAGON MOUND, N. M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they suspect alcohol was a factor when a speeding car slammed into a sedan backing out of a driveway late Friday, killing a woman and two children riding with her.
State troopers reported a car driven westbound on State Road 120 in the small northeastern community of Wagon Mound by 22-year-old Jesse Joel Blanco hit the other car around 10:45 p.m. Friday.
The driver of that second vehicle was 42-year-old Irene Romero, who was killed along with her 4-year-old child and a 9-year-old girl. Authorities did not release the children’s names and the older child’s relationship to Romero was unknown.
Blanco was held on three counts of vehicular homicide while driving drunk, speeding and other charges. His passenger Dominc Armijo was arrested on suspicion of trying to hide alcohol containers afterward.
A 21-year-old woman traveling with Blanco and Armijo was treated for injuries not considered life threatening. She was not identified and her condition was unknown.