New Mexico deputy accused of vehicular homicide

Created: 04/18/2014 9:13 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A 22-year-old Dona Ana County sheriff's deputy is accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a pedestrian struck by the deputy's cruiser as it reportedly was traveling over 100 mph during a nighttime emergency call.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a criminal complaint filed by New Mexico State Police says Deputy Eden Terrazas was driving 114 mph as she approached a curve on N.M. 192 at about 8 p.m. on April 1.

Terrazas lost control of her cruiser on the curve, crossed the opposite traffic lane and struck 44-year-old Mesquite resident Natividad Nunez, who was walking on the dirt shoulder.

Terrazas also is accused of misdemeanor reckless driving charge of not wearing her seat belt.

It's not clear whether from court records whether Terrazas has an attorney.

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