After a weeklong trial, jurors found Sara Casados, 30, guilty of lesser charges: careless driving, a petty misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a fourth-degree felony. But her attorney, Ousama Rasheed, said the outcome was a relief to his client, who he said was suffering a medical episode at the time of the wreck.
“We were really, really happy and really relieved, although we still feel horrible for the doctor’s family,” Rasheed said.
A spokesman for the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the verdict.
Police said Casados was driving her small pickup truck 70 mph in a 35-mph zone around 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday in January 2016 when she hit Teodora Konstantinova’s Mercedes, which was stopped at a traffic light on Louisiana and Constitution.
Konstantinova worked for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine as a physician and an associate professor of internal medicine. She died at a hospital hours after the crash.
Casados fled to a nearby dialysis clinic, where police said they found her on the ground shouting “all hell is going to break loose” while flailing her arms and legs.