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Three indicted in fatal 2016 car wrecks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sara Casados was driving 70 mph in a 35 mph zone in January when she rear-ended a Mercedes, killing its driver, according to police.

Casados, 29, is one of three people who were indicted in state District Court last week for their roles in three unrelated fatal wrecks, according to court documents.

According to Albuquerque police, Casados was driving a Ford Ranger pickup early the morning of Jan. 2 when she rear ended a Mercedes-Benz sedan stopped at a red light at the intersection of Constitution and Louisiana. Teodora Konstantinova, who was driving the sedan, died hours later at a local hospital.

According to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center website, Konstantinova was a physician and an associate professor of internal medicine at the UNM School of Medicine. She practiced in both the UNM Health Sciences Center and the local Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Casados fled the scene and was found in a nearby dialysis clinic, lying on the floor flailing her arms and legs and shouting “all hell is going to break loose,” police said. Officers said there was no indication that Casados was intoxicated. She was indicted Thursday, and faces charges including leaving the scene and vehicular homicide.

Xavier Nelson, 22, was indicted Nov. 29 on charges of vehicular homicide, racing on highways and drug possession. Witnesses reported seeing two vehicles racing on Interstate 25, reaching speeds between 85 and 110 mph, when one rear-ended an SUV traveling at the posted speed, police said. A 10-year-old girl was ejected from the SUV, and died at the scene.

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that his office would prosecute the case jointly with the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Balderas said in a statement that his office works with local law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate crimes against children.

Yolanda Chacon is accused of drunkenly losing control of her vehicle in August, sending it rolling into an arroyo and killing her passenger, Angelique Carrion-Montoya, according to a criminal complaint.

The two had drinks at the VFW before spending time at the Downs Racetrack and Casino. They were headed to Isleta Casino when Chacon, 59, attempted to exit Interstate 25 at Broadway and lost control, according to deputies.

Deputies found skid marks on the off ramp and a “heavily damaged” Hyundai Accent in an arroyo. Chacon was still inside of the car, and Carrion-Montoya was on the ground beside it.

Chacon wore a neck brace and smelled of alcohol as deputies interviewed her at a local hospital after the wreck.

She was indicted Thursday on vehicular homicide and DWI charges.