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Man charged in motorcycle death for second time

Updated: 01/27/2014 7:10 PM | Created: 01/26/2014 10:10 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An 11-year-old Belen girl is in the hospital in critical condition after being thrown from a motorcycle in an accident that killed her 51-year-old father.

Police say Daniel Sanchez was killed when 27-year-old Jacob Williams crossed the double yellow line on Jarales Road, slamming into the motorcycle Sanchez was riding with his daughter Saturday.

State police said Sunday Williams was drunk.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned Williams was charged with a man's death in a set of eerily similar circumstances in 2006.

Williams was charged with DWI and vehicular homicide for the 2006 crash in which he also hit a motorcycle, killing the driver and paralyzing the passenger.

KOB has also learned the judge who originally sentenced Williams, William Sanchez, is Daniel Sanchez's brother.

On Saturday, friends of Sanchez told KOB he was a loving husband, father and a strong, hardworking farmer.

A half dozen friends carefully combed through the tall grass on the side of Jarales Road where the accident happened.

The men were searching for Daniel Sanchez's daughter's eyeglasses.

For about an hour on Saturday, the search team painstakingly looked for the glasses thrown from the 11-year-old girl in the crash.

Finally, they were found.

It was a small relief for a tight-knit group hoping for the girl's full recovery.

Williams is charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated DWI.

He is held at the Valencia County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.


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