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Taos Accident Victim Was Lawyer, Ex-Judge

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Taos police have identified the man killed in an accident Friday while crossing the street near the Applebee’s restaurant as former probate judge and local attorney Julian Varela, The Taos News reported.

Varela, 49, was struck by a 17-year-old male who was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck, The News said.

Officer David Weaver told The News late last week that the teen had not been charged in the incident but was “cooperating fully” in the ongoing investigation.

Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the fatal accident, police told The News.

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