A Bernalillo County grand jury this week returned an indictment against Carlos Rosales-Polanco in connection with a July 26 single-car drunk driving crash that killed a woman and a 1-year-old child, and badly injured a 10-year-old child.
The woman passenger killed was identified as Adriana Chavez-Miranda, 30. Her relationship with Rosales-Polanco was not clear from either the indictment or the accident report, nor was it clear from those documents if they were the parents of the children. A spokesman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, however, told the Journal that Chavez-Miranda was the children’s mother. The children’s genders were not made available.
The three-count indictment, which includes alternative charges against Rosales-Polance, charges him with child abuse resulting in death to a child under age 12; vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving; and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to the BCSO accident report, Rosales-Polanco was driving north on Coors when he struck a median, lost control of the vehicle, veered across the southbound lanes and crashed into a utility pole.
Chavez-Miranda, sitting in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two children were taken to University of New Mexico Hospital where the youngest child died, according to the BCSO.
A UNMH public affairs spokesman said Tuesday that without being provided the 10-year-old’s name, federal privacy laws prevented him from revealing the child’s condition or even saying if the child was still in the hospital.
According to court records, Rosales-Polanco had no prior DWI arrests in New Mexico. He was arrested for battery against a household member in 2007 and 2008 but the charges were dismissed. He pleaded guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon in the 2008 arrest.