A Lovington man was found guilty of two counts of vehicular homicide and other charges in a crash that killed a newlywed couple two years ago.
Oscar Zamora-Martinez, 21, faces a maximum 15-year prison term when he’s sentenced, according to a Lovington Police Department news release issued Wednesday about the case.
A Lea County District Court jury took just under three hours to render its guilty verdict on charges of two counts of homicide by vehicle caused by recklessness and single counts of child abuse and “entering a stop or yield intersection,” the news release reads.
Joseph and Tymplaire Wier, 26 and 20, respectively, were killed in the April 23, 2016, crash at Industrial Street and East Avenue D in Lovington.
The Wiers’ vehicle was heading east on Avenue D when it was hit by a northbound truck driven by Zamora-Martinez, whose younger brother was a passenger.
“Zamora-Martinez disregarded the stop sign and entered the intersection at a speed of approximately 50 to 60 miles per hour,” Lovington police said.
“Zamora-Martinez claimed that his brakes had failed, but numerous tests by Loving detectives and a certified auto mechanic showed the brakes ere operational on Zamora-Martinez’s vehicle even after the severe crash,” police said.
New Mexico State Police and the state Department of Public Safety crash reconstruction experts aided in the investigation.
Zamora-Martinez will be sentenced by state District Judge William Shoobridge.