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Alleged drunk driver hits grandmother then house

Brittany Costello
March 19, 2017 10:21 PM

An alleged drunk driver hit an Albuquerque woman as she was saying goodbye to her granddaughter while standing in her own driveway.

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That driver didn’t even get out of the car to see if she was ok, according to witnesses.

It happened Saturday at a home on Dakota St. in Northeast Albuquerque.

A woman was strapping her granddaughter into her car seat, while her daughter was in the driver’s seat. Then out of nowhere, a car plowed right into that woman.

“My niece describes hearing a whoosh. So there was no screeching of brakes, there was no attempt to stop, the vehicle was just suddenly there,” said Dennis Montoya, the victim’s brother-in-law.

Police said 45-year-old Darren Kitseallyboy jumped the curb then plowed into her, then her home. The crash caused a hole so big, you could see into her three-year-old granddaughter’s bedroom. But it didn’t end there. 

“She shouted at the driver, 'Do not back up, you'll hit my mom again,'” said Montoya.

But witnesses say he did run her over again, before backing up into the street. The victim’s daughter ran to her aid, but not before snapping a picture. It shows the suspect inside his black jeep, he was captured cringing, before speeding off.

“If he'd of come 30 seconds earlier he probably would have injured the granddaughter and it would have been much more severe,” said Josh Foster.

Josh Foster drove up to the home shortly after the suspect drove off.

“I've never seen anything like that. But the key is that you can't get caught up in the emotions of the situation.”

He said he rendered aid until paramedics arrived.

Police said they found the suspect a short time later.  Kitseallyboy admitted to police he had been driving during the crash, and a breath test revealed he had been drinking. He was at least two times the legal limit.

“I think this driver should really never drive a motor vehicle again. He should pray harder than any of us that my sister in law makes a full recovery,” said Montoya.

Montoya said the victim is not doing well. She’s already undergone three surgeries. Family members expect that number to grow.

Kitseallyboy is facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or great bodily injury. 

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