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Driver Who Thought He Hit a Dog Now Facing Serious Charges In Woman’s Death


What do you do if it’s dark and late at night, and you think you ran over a dog or some other game?  Do you stop or do you keep going?  Do you call your dispatcher and inform them?

Truck driver Jesus Vigil, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was driving along Coors Blvd near Eagle Ranch NW, when he struck what he believed to be a dog.

The driver then called his dispatcher to inform him that he had just ran over a dog.

Later that morning, a passerby noticed a woman’s body lying alongside of Coors Blvd.  According to the Albuquerque Journal, the autopsy reports suggests the woman has hit by a vehicle.

On Monday morning, after hearing about the body found along the highway, the owner of the trucking company surveyed the truck’s damage and didn’t believe it was consistent with hitting a dog.

The owner of the trucking company called the police who took the truck to be processed.

The truck driver was questioned by police but refused to speak until he could have an attorney present.

The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Maria Guadalupe Garcia Rodriguez.  At this time, police are not releasing any information about the carrier.

“The semi-truck has been processed by Criminalistics and the damage and other evidence found is consistent with the truck having struck the female found along Coors Blvd. yesterday,” Albuquerque Police Spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said in a statement. “The investigation found no connection between this driver and the victim and no evidence this was a homicide.”

According to the Albuquerque Journal, all the findings will be turned over to the prosecutor.  The truck driver could face charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

Body found in northwest ABQ




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