6:45 p.m. — Police have identified the driver and the victim from a hit-and-run crash Monday that left a 31-year-old woman dead.
The victim, Maria Guadalupe Garcia Rodriguez, was found Sunday morning dead after being struck by a semi truck.
Driver Jesus Vigil declined to speak with police until an attorney was present. Police said he’s being charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and the case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.
Vigil told his boss at a local trucking company that he hit a dog Saturday night, but the owner called police after learning that a body had been found in the same area where Vigil’s story took place.
Police over the weekend recovered the body of a woman who appears to have been struck and killed by a vehicle along Coors near Eagle Ranch NW.
A passer-by discovered the body on the side of the road Sunday morning, and police say an autopsy suggests the victim died from injuries suffered when hit by a vehicle.
The owner of a local trucking company, meanwhile, called 911 on Monday to say that one of his drivers reported having hit a dog Saturday night. But the owner, after looking at the damage to the semi-truck and learning of reports of a body, believes it’s possible the driver hit a person, police said.
Detectives tried to interview the driver, but he declined until he can have an attorney present.
Albuquerque police didn’t identify the driver, and they say the victim hasn’t been positively identified yet. She is believed to be an adult, possibly in her early 30s.
“The semi-truck has been processed by Criminalistics and the damage and other evidence found is consistent with the truck having struck the female found along Coors Blvd. yesterday,” police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said in a statement released to the news media.
“The investigation found no connection between this driver and the victim and no evidence this was a homicide.”
The case will be forwarded to prosecutors for a possible charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, she said.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal