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12 Years for Fatal Crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ramon Rascon, who was high on methamphetamines when his Jeep slammed into a car, killing 18-month-old Brandon Lucero-Moya and seriously injuring his twin, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday.

Before his sentence was handed down by state District Judge Neil C. Candelaria, Rascon told the Lucero-Moya family that he was “truly sorry.”

“I’ll live with this tragedy the rest of my life,” Rascon said. “I pray for the family, for their loss and pray they find peace. I take full responsibility. I know it’s little consolation, but it’s all I have to offer.”

Rascon was found guilty by a Bernalillo County jury last month of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle while driving recklessly, great bodily harm by vehicle while driving under the influence and other crimes.

Adam Moya, the husband of Crystal Lucero-Moya, who is the twins’ mother, read a letter to the court as she stood next to him, shaken.

“My life has forever changed,” Moya read on behalf of his wife. “I lost a part of me.”

Moya continued to read, “Every day I think of Brandon, I want to hear his laugh and him telling me he loves me. I pray every day that he is taken care of. There is not one day or second that passes without him on my mind.”

On May 25, 2010, Rascon ran into a car carrying twins Brandon and Ryan Lucero-Moya on Constitution and Morris NE. Brandon died two days later, and Ryan was seriously injured, but he has since recovered.

Rascon’s young daughter Alyse Rascon was also in the Jeep with him at the time of the crash and attended Monday’s sentencing.

“He wasn’t a bad guy,” Rascon’s ex-girlfriend and mother of their daughter said after Monday’s sentencing. “He just made a wrong decision.”

The twins’ great-grandfather Richard Woodward, who was driving the car, was injured in the crash and he continues to have medical problems related to it. Woodward said he felt “bittersweet” about Rascon’s sentence.

“It’s hard for our family, but we stick together and we are healing together,” Woodward said.

“Baby Brandon is watching over us. … It’s the beginning of another chapter … (Rascon) ripped our hearts out. We will never be the same.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal