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Man high on LSD caused fatal crash, police say

Robert Bosanko

Robert Bosanko

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man who said he was high on LSD caused a three-vehicle crash early Saturday that killed another driver, according to police.

Robert Bosanko, 20, is charged with vehicular homicide in connection to the death of Michael Nwora.

Police said Bosanko was driving north on Coors “at a very high rate of speed” when he approached a red light at Montaño. He drove between two vehicles that were stopped at the light, sending his car spinning out of control, eventually landing on the north side of the intersection, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. Nwora was driving one of the stopped vehicles.

Bosanko ran from the scene of the wreck at Montaño and Coors, but was apprehended nearby wearing only a T-shirt and underwear. He told officers he’d taken LSD, and when one asked whether he was having a “good trip or bad trip,” Bosanko said he felt “free like a birdy.”

Police said Bosanko was “making very odd statements” and “walking around on all fours like an animal.” He was taken to a local hospital, where he told an officer that he’d taken LSD “a while ago,” before removing his IVs. Medical staff had to strap him to his bed, which the officer said prevented him from conducting sobriety tests.

“Robert would be laying on the bed and would laugh for no reason then cry,” the officer wrote in the complaint. He added that Bosanko was difficult to understand and at times incoherent.

Online New Mexico court records indicate that Bosanko has no criminal history. His bond was set at $35,000 cash or surety.

Information about Nwora was not available.

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