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Suspect in death of ex-girlfriend in hit-run is arrested

Joseph Zamora, 32 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Detectives have arrested a man accused of running over his ex-girlfriend and leaving her to die outside an elementary school in Northeast Albuquerque on Wednesday morning.

Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said Joseph Zamora, 32, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the incident that took the life of 40-year-old Rosie Bowers.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, officers responded to Indian School and Pennsylvania NE around 7:15 a.m. and found Bowers dead in the street. She had tire marks across her body.

Witnesses told police they saw Bowers fall out of the passenger side of a white truck before the driver “took off” and ran over her. Detectives found a daily planner on Bowers with a note in it that read, “No more Joseph he is no good 4 you Rosie stay away from him.”

When police broke the news to Bowers’ daughter, she immediately said Zamora had “killed her.” The daughter told detectives that Zamora and her mother started dating several years ago and had recently broken up “but continued to see each other.”

Police say Bowers left her daughter’s house to talk with Zamora late Tuesday and “she did not see her mother again.”

The daughter told police where Zamora lived, and he showed up around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the white truck with two others. They were all detained for questioning.

Zamora told police he and Bowers had been arguing on and off Wednesday morning and it escalated until she jumped out of his truck.

According to the complaint, Zamora said Bowers was standing next to the truck when he drove off.

“He thought he ran over (her) backpack as he left,” a detective wrote. “He never looked back to see what he ran over and never returned to the intersection to check on (Bowers).”

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