A man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, March 2, for causing a 2019 fatal hit-and-run in New Mexico which resulted in the death of a high schooler.
Oscar Anchondo was driving a truck when he hit and killed sixteen-year-old Beto Romero as he was getting into his car, just outside his home near Anthony, New Mexico. The fatal accident happened in 2019.
Romero was a student at Gadsden High School and was on his way to school that morning. According to a news release, the driver’s truck crashed with Beto’s car throwing the teenager under the truck, dragging him into the street, and running over him. The police believe that Anchondo may have been under the influence of meth when the 2019 fatal hit-and-run in New Mexico happened.
Several witnesses saw Anchondo driving fast, and carelessly missing other drivers. He pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, leaving the accident scene, tampering with evidence and one count, driving without a driver’s license, and one count, no insurance in Third District Court of Doña Ana County.
Anchondo is expected to be sentenced at a later date and the state argues for the maximum prison time of nine years.
Being involved in such an accident requires a strong defence of a skilled attorney who has previous experience with similar cases. Even though killing a person while driving (under the influence) and leaving the scene are serious crimes, and will not go unpunished, still, contact an attorney.
If you have lost a loved one in such circumstances, you should seek legal help as well, since cases like these are complex and require legal knowledge and experience.
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