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Suspect in fatal Friday night crash was possibly drunk, had toddlers in car

David Lynch
December 30, 2017 11:03 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A careless driver possibly drunk while behind the wheel is to blame for the crash that shut down a major northeast Albuquerque intersection and killed one person Friday evening, police say.  He also allegedly had two toddlers in his car. 


Steven Deskin, 30, allegedly rammed into a vehicle stopped at a red light at Wyoming and Montgomery shortly before 6 p.m. The driver of that car later died at the hospital from his injuries.

Police say Deskin showed no apparent sign that he was trying to stop as he approached the intersection. According to a criminal complaint, witnesses say Deskin was traveling at near-triple-digit speeds and weaving through traffic before the collision. 

The complaint states Deskin later told police he believed he had been driving around 40 mph and was "focusing on his speedometer." He said the last thing he remembered before the collision was "reaching back to brace his children," a 3- and 2-year-old.

Police noticed signs that Deskin was inebriated, and after asking if he'd had anything to drink he told officers he had three beers that morning.

He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests conducted by police. Deskin is facing charges of homicide by vehicle and child abuse without great bodily harm. 


David Lynch

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