Car collision victim dies; suspects make initial court appearances
October 23, 2017 11:56 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One of the victims in Saturday morning’s stolen car collision has passed, according to family members.
D’Markus Blea was removed from life support shortly after 1 p.m. Monday after doctors determined he was brain-dead.
Blea and his girlfriend were taken to UNM Hospital after being hit by a stolen car that was being pursued by police in east Albuquerque early Saturday morning, according to police.
Meanwhile, two of the three adult suspects involved in that crash made their first court appearances on Monday. They are currently being held on no bond after the state filed for and was granted pretrial detention, barring their release for now.
One of the suspects, 18-year-old Matthew Nieto, doesn't have a criminal history beyond a few traffic tickets.
However, it's a different case for the other two adult suspects involved in the incident. Quontez Kuvinka and Domonic Rougemont – both 18 years old – were on probation at the time of the crash, according to online court records.
Those records state that, as a juvenile, Kuvinka was involved in more than one crime involving firearms. Further, police say that just a few months ago, they discovered guns in Kuvinka's and Rougemont's possession.
Kuvinka is the other suspect currently on no-bond hold. Rougemont is still in the hospital recovering from injuries following the crash.
One woman KOB talked to said she knows one of the suspects. She told KOB she didn't know about the crash until she heard about it on news reports and heard a familiar name.
"He might have been the driver, and he was probably scared because they were chasing him," she said. "We're all hurting right now. We could use all the help we can."
The woman added the tragedy could have been avoided had her friend just given her a call for a ride, instead of stealing a vehicle on Friday as he is accused of doing.
"All I wanted to do was see him, give him a last hug," she said. "Because I know he's going to be locked up for a while."
Updated: October 23, 2017 11:56 PM
Created: October 23, 2017 02:08 PM
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