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Police: Father speeding before crash that killed him, son

SANTA FE — A police report says a father was going far over the speed limit when he collided with an SUV on St. Francis Drive in February, causing injuries that killed him and his son.

Dominic Archuleta, 34, was going northbound on St. Francis Drive in his Scion sedan at 63 mph the morning of Feb. 22 when he collided with a Lexus SUV turning east onto Paseo de Peralta, across from Hickox Street, according to a report from the Santa Fe Police Department released this week.

Archuleta’s son, 9-year-old Jeremiah Archuleta, died shortly after at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Dominic Archuleta was taken off life support at University of New Mexico hospital and passed away about a week later.

The female driver of the Lexus and her 8-year-old daughter were injured and released from the hospital later that day.

The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph. “No charges were filed in this case because the driver of the vehicle is deceased,” SFPD spokesman Greg Gurule said in an email Wednesday.

Multiple witnesses police interviewed said the Scion was speeding before the collision. Neither driver applied their brakes before the crash, the report says, and neither driver was wearing a seat belt. The 8-year-old girl in the other car was in a booster seat behind the driver seat and her leg was hurt.

Jeremiah was wearing a seat belt but was also wearing his backpack. His injuries indicate he “was not buckled into the seat properly at the time of the crash,” the report says.

Jeremiah was a fourth-grader at Gonzales Community School and Dominic was involved in coaching his son’s sports teams. They were on their way to school when the crash happened.

The father and son were well known around Santa Fe and a public memorial for them was held at Capital High School.