SANTA FE, N.M. — Ramon Hernandez of Santa Fe was sentenced to the maximum allowed in a Las Vegas District Court on Wednesday for his December 2013, vehicular homicide conviction in the death of an infant in an Interstate 25 crash near Rowe in 2012.
Although Hernandez, 45, had four previous DWI convictions and admitted drinking before the crash, he claimed he was not the driver in the crash that killed Aileen Smith’s baby. The infant lived for less that one minute after being delivered by Caesarean section following the crash.
Hernandez avoided a DWI conviction in a case that Gov. Susana Martinez was using to push for stronger DWI laws. His prior DWI cases, under the rules of evidence, were inadmissible during the one-week trial.
Judge Gerald Baca sentenced Hernandez to nine years and 60 days in prison, said Smith, who attended and spoke at the sentencing along with her husband.
“We are grateful that judge Baca listened to our case,” Smith said by telephone on Thursday. “We explained through our victim impact statements that the crash dramatically impacted our lives and Ramon Hernandez showed no remorse whatever. It was pretty much across the board, he had no remorse … even in the evaluation we received back from the court he had not remorse there was no apology … Ramon Hernandez was very concerned about how the crash changed his own life. He had no concern for how he had impacted others.”