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Santa Fe woman faces charges in fatal crash with motorcyclist

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe woman has been charged with aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and other counts after a man riding a motorcycle struck her SUV at St. Michael’s Drive and Pacheco Street shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Alexis St. James, about 63 years old, entered the intersection with her Toyota RAV4 in front of motorcyclist Anthony Archuleta, about 51, who was traveling east on St. Michael’s.

Alexis St. James

Police reports said she drove away in the damaged vehicle but was followed by witnesses who called in her license plate number.

She was pulled by police over several blocks away on Calle Contento, off Siringo Road.

St. James told an officer that she had one margarita with lunch at Tomasita’s restaurant downtown about 1 p.m. and didn’t remember the crash.

The officer said she had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and blood on her fingertips. A blood sample was taken from her at the hospital to determine blood alcohol content, but police reports do not indicate a result of the test.

Witnesses gave different accounts of how fast the motorcycle was going. Two witnesses said the bike was going at a high rate of speed or about 60 mph, while another said it was traveling at or below the speed limit and was going 30 or 35 mph.