The man who struck and injured a 12-year-old girl in a hit-and-run accident in Meadow Lake has been charged. The Valencia County man turned himself into the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, September 25th. As a result, 31-year-old Miguel Ortiz of El Cerro Mission faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily harm, a fourth-degree felony.
According to a news report, at about 7 a.m. on September 16th, a silver Dodge Durango struck a Los Lunas Middle School student. The student was waiting for her bus on the northeast corner of High Mesa Road and Amy Road. Medics took her to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment of her injuries.
While in the hospital, the victim told the police that she was at the bus stop petting her dog, which had followed her from home. She looked west and saw a gray SUV coming toward her. The girl said she tried running south across the road, but she still got struck. The criminal complaint notes the car hit the victim on the right hip.
A bus driver told the police that when she was at a previous bus stop at High Mesa Road and Journey Road, the Durango blew through her bus stop sign hauling butt. She estimated the vehicle was going at 100 miles per hour. The same day as the accident in Meadow Lake, a woman living in the 300 block of El Cerro Mission reported her silver 2004 Dodge Durango stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
A car accident often results in criminal and civil actions. On the civil front, the victim gets compensation from the fault driver for the injury caused. Contact our Albuquerque auto accident lawyers to learn more about the compensation claim process.