Posted on May 18, 2023


Man pleads no contest in fatal Albuquerque drunk driving accident

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A man who was charged with causing a deadly car accident in Albuquerque has pleaded no contest, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

21-year-old Casino Salazar of Roswell entered the plea to charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by vehicle.

Prosecutors said Salazar was driving under the influence in November 2021 when he went through a red light at Montgomery Boulevard and Morris Street and crashed into another vehicle.  The other driver, 58-year-old Kevin Barton, was killed in the wreck.  Salazar was reported to have been driving 96 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone at the time of the accident.

He will face up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced sometime this summer.  Salazar had recently been arrested for DWI when the crash occurred and was on conditions of release.