Crash results in vehicular homicide charge

A Silver City man has been charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated DUI, for a repeated offense, a fourth degree felony, after allegedly driving drunk Sunday evening and plowing into a Santa Clara man who was on his motorcycle, and killing him. Full Story
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Milan, Italy

#1 Jun 1, 2011
I hope they see fit to put the guy away for awhile.
Major Cameron Clark

Tampa, FL

#2 Jun 1, 2011
Two times while in Grant County he was popped for DUI in only five years (plus another count that was dropped). How many other times in other locations was he popped for DUI? How many innocent people are killed this way, and why can't our court system stop this? It's shameful that we can't keep these clowns away from the bottle or away from the car.

Since: Jul 10

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 1, 2011
WHY do these guys have to KILL somebody before their propensity to drive drunk gets taken seriously by the courts?

Since: May 11

Placitas, NM

#4 Jun 1, 2011
I agree with the previous posts; why were his previous violation treated so lightly? How many times did he drive that he wasn't caught? Alcohol abuse is taken so lightly, a slap on the hand, pay the court system for their trouble, and the offender is back on the street. Seems to be more of a money making issue for the courts, than a punishment system, designed to be severe enough to keep people from taking the chance of driving under the influence. How many more have to die, before driving intoxicated is considered a SERIOUS OFFENSE? They take away drive through liquour stores, but still have bars where you drink, but still have to get home....... duh. Close all bars, and I guarantee the problem will get better. I dare ya!
Fran

La Mesa, NM

#5 Jun 1, 2011
I have lost so many loved ones from alcohol related accidents...why can't people see what drinking does not only to them, but innocent people as well?? A wonderful young man I know lost his Dad, because of one mans stupidity!! such a shame!
Just Saying

United States

#6 Jun 1, 2011
Re-tired guy wrote:
I agree with the previous posts; why were his previous violation treated so lightly? How many times did he drive that he wasn't caught? Alcohol abuse is taken so lightly, a slap on the hand, pay the court system for their trouble, and the offender is back on the street. Seems to be more of a money making issue for the courts, than a punishment system, designed to be severe enough to keep people from taking the chance of driving under the influence. How many more have to die, before driving intoxicated is considered a SERIOUS OFFENSE? They take away drive through liquour stores, but still have bars where you drink, but still have to get home....... duh. Close all bars, and I guarantee the problem will get better. I dare ya!
Are you serious??? Just cause you close the bar's doesn't mean people won't drink!!! DUH they will still sell Booze at the store! And beside more people drink at house's now than the bars cause the cops hang out waitin to catch DWI's!
Coach

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jun 1, 2011
Re-tired guy wrote:
I agree with the previous posts; why were his previous violation treated so lightly? How many times did he drive that he wasn't caught? Alcohol abuse is taken so lightly, a slap on the hand, pay the court system for their trouble, and the offender is back on the street. Seems to be more of a money making issue for the courts, than a punishment system, designed to be severe enough to keep people from taking the chance of driving under the influence. How many more have to die, before driving intoxicated is considered a SERIOUS OFFENSE? They take away drive through liquour stores, but still have bars where you drink, but still have to get home....... duh. Close all bars, and I guarantee the problem will get better. I dare ya!
Actually, just like during prohibition, the clubs will just go underground and the problem will be at least as bad as it is now. More education, more options for safe rides home (Corre Cantinas was likely not running on Sunday unless they did a special for Blues Fest), and stiffer punishment for ANYONE who doesn't take it seriously after their first offense. Anyone can make a mistake once. A real dimwit makes it over and over again.
Coach

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jun 1, 2011
Just Saying wrote:
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Are you serious??? Just cause you close the bar's doesn't mean people won't drink!!! DUH they will still sell Booze at the store! And beside more people drink at house's now than the bars cause the cops hang out waitin to catch DWI's!
Would you rather they ignore those driving home from the bar?
Major Cameron Clark

Tampa, FL

#9 Jun 1, 2011
Just so you know, I do not think prohibition was right (it created more problems than it helped stop), but for a guy to have three DUIs in five years while in Grant County is crazy. His record of DUIs comes into question, and if he had more before he moved to the County? If he did, why wasn't his record taken into consideration before issuing him a license (basically setting him up to fail and take an innocent life)?

Education without consequence is money that is poured down the toilet. We were educated about drinking and driving, doing drugs, etc. from elementary on up. When you choose to not comply with the education it means you (the individual) have a problem that society at large has to deal with. I'm sure most of us are tired of paying for those who wantonly disregard the education or chances they have received in life (grade school and up) to be a reckless fool who does not think the rules apply to them (James W. Dickson).

Mercy, compassion, education, and sympathy are great words for those who deserve them, but it shouldn’t take a vehicular homicide on your third DUI for those people to realize they have a disease. Yes, he’ll have to live with it all his life, but he intentionally stole the life of a brother, father, son, friend, etc. by drinking ignoring the law and driving.
Tsk Tsk

Silver City, NM

#10 Jun 1, 2011
they are ignoring those driving home from the bars. the DWI checkpoints are advertised and ended before the bars close. Silver PD would not bother at all if there were not funding behind it. the extent of their policing capabilities is tickets for rolling stops at 4 way stop signs.
funny

United States

#11 Jun 1, 2011
tsk tsk must not know how to stop to well. idiot
ArenasValleyRes

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jun 1, 2011
I have only lived in Grant County for a couple years and never once have I seen a DUI checkpoint. I have seen more focus on truck drivers than I have these lunatics driving while impaired.

I saw the accident Sunday evening, after it actually happened and it was bad. People will never learn that alcohol and automobiles NEVER mix. If you want to do that, find yourself a field full of trees and have at it.

Kill yourself, the rest of us don't want or appreciate your careless attitude!
Dude

Silver City, NM

#13 Jun 1, 2011
The law enforcement around here has its priorities all messed up. Focused more on revenue generation through the ticketing of good people for stupid "offenses" while killer clowns like this are treated with kid gloves. Why? The county would rather make money off of tickets than SPEND money jailing DUI offenders.

Watch yourselves out there folks - "serve and protect" has changed to "harass and extort".
Oh my

Los Alamos, NM

#14 Jun 1, 2011
Two lives - tragically ended
AMAZED

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Jun 1, 2011
Another biker was killed by a drunk driver up north by Chimayo,he was coming back from the Red River rally with his wife. The drunk hit 3 bikes and killed Mark Wolfe. Left the scene,he had several priors. And then this drunk kills a biker in Grant Co.He needs to be in jail for along time,not another slap on the hand. You judges need start putting these people in away. Why was this idiot still driving?
FU Elkstine

Silver City, NM

#16 Jun 1, 2011
make the first DWI-DUI a felony with mandatory 6 months in jail(a dwi jail where they really have to work paid for by their fines and not our taxes) There's nothing wrong with a few drinks, people just don't take Driving under the influence serious. Right now it's all about money. Perkins is a very rich defender because of the DWIs paid for by us tax payers.
Roberts Neice

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Jun 1, 2011
I agree with all of you who say he shouldn't have been allowed to drive with his record. My Uncle Rob would still be alive right now if someone would have had the sense to take his license away. The hardest part of all this was that they brought the man into the hospital for blood testing (he refused a breathalyzer) while we were all there after my uncle died. He was in the room next to the waiting room we were in and the door had a window in it...
bereaved

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Jun 2, 2011
find someplace else to spew your drivel, fruithead.
it's not appropriate here.

“Not vengeance, punishment.”

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#21 Jun 2, 2011
"Dickson asked Judge Maurine Laney if he qualified for indigent legal representation". Are you f-ing kidding me?????????? This idiot was driving a freaking LEXUS!!!! They are a LUXURY car. And he wants to get indigent representation???? Was he still drunk when he asked for that?? Thank goodness Maurine Laney was the judge. I swear when these scumballs commit a crime they want the whole thing to be paid for by taxpayers. Other states have stringent laws and killing someone while driving drunk is an automatic mandatory jail sentence for a LONG time. In New Mexico with it's liberal laws and politicians, all you get is a slap on the wrist and a scolding. Welcome to New Mexico...where crime is treated as just an inconvenient but accepted way of life. Are we enchanted yet?
misinformation

Silver City, NM

#22 Jun 2, 2011
Actually, he has been charged with 3 previous dwi's, (they show up on NMCourts, one is with municipal court), with one being reduced to reckless. This will be his fourth. Not sure why he was only convicted of a first on this last one.

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