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Albuquerque family mourns deaths of two young men

Tessa Mentus
December 03, 2018 10:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For an Albuquerque family, the hope and joy of the holidays are taking a back seat to a crash that killed two of their loved ones on Thanksgiving Eve.


Police said the man who hit them was driving at 100mph.

Cousins, Kayden and Jakob Montoya, were going for a ride to pick up a last minute supply for a Thanksgiving party. It should have been an 8-minute trip.

But one hour later, the cousins hadn’t returned. So James Montoya, Kayden’s dad, and Jakob’s uncle set out to find them. He wasn’t driving but for 30 seconds when he saw police lights.

“As I got closer, I saw the police tape all around the intersection and I know what that means,” James said.

Kayden and Jakob were both killed.

Police said 21-year-old Dominic Martinez blew through the intersection of Irving and Universe just shy of 100 mph and hit the Montoyas.

“He (James) said Kayden and Jakob have been in an accident,” said Kayden’s girlfriend, Athena Lopez. “He said ‘no you need to stay there, they both died.’”

Police said excessive speeding played a major role in this crash.

The victims’ families said something has to be done about the intersection at Universe and Irving. They proposed an idea, to push for the city to construct a roundabout at the intersection.

“Stop signs don't cut it, obviously, traffic lights don't cut it,” James said.

The family is pushing closure and justice for Kayden and Jakob.

“This is a mistake that tore our world apart,” Athen Lopez said. “Something needs to change, and it needs to change yesterday, it needs to change two weeks ago.”


Tessa Mentus

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