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Mountaineer, New Mexico – Two Vehicle Crash in Mountaineer Turns Deadly

By admin • Apr 10th, 2009 • Category: Features

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Mountaineer — State Police Officers were dispatched to investigate a fatal crash at the intersection of 3rd and Ripley in the town of Mountaineer yesterday afternoon.

In the afternoon hour of Wednesday, April 8th State Police Officers were dispatched to the intersection of 3rd street and Ripley Rd in the town of Mountaineer which is southeast of Albuquerque. Upon the officers arrival they learned that 78 y.o. Flora Chavez driving a 1996 Chevy car and her 10 y.o. passenger Christopher Chavez were within the intersection of 3rd & Ripley, when 31 y.o. Paul Sanchez in his 1996 Chevy pick-up failed to stop at a posted stop sign, impacting the driver’s side of her vehicle in a t-bone type collision. Flora Chavez was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash and Christopher Chavez was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

Through an ongoing investigation by the State Police Criminal Investigations Bureau, it was learned that the Chief of Mountaineer PD, received a tip that Paul Sanchez was wanted by the State of Arizona on a felony warrant, upon the Chiefs contact with Paul Sanchez at Ripley & Pinon he fled from the traffic stop driving away then made a u turn back towards the town of Mountaineer, while passing the Chief, the Chief fired two rounds from his firearm striking the left rear tire. The suspect Paul Sanchez continued driving through a yield sign and three stop signs. While traveling through the third stop sign he struck Ms. Chavez and her passenger in their vehicle.
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