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Man charged in fatal DWI crash in Las Cruces

Daniel Medina (NMSP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 25 caused a head-on crash that left a motorcyclist dead and another person injured early Saturday in Las Cruces, according to New Mexico State Police.

Daniel Medina, 41, of El Paso, Texas, struck one vehicle before colliding with a motorcycle driven by 21-year-old Austin Wagner of White Sands Missile Range, State Police spokesman Lt. Mark Soriano said.

Wagner was killed and the driver of the other vehicle, a 26-year-old man, was taken to a hospital with “unknown injuries.”

“Alcohol does appear to be a factor,” Soriano said.

He said Medina was driving his truck southbound in the northbound lanes of I-25 around 1:20 a.m. near mile post 1 in Las Cruces when the crash occurred.

Medina was uninjured in the crash, and now faces vehicular homicide, great bodily harm by vehicle, DWI, driving on the wrong side of the road, having an open container and other charges. He was arrested and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center.


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