Man formally charged in deadly crash

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A Socorro resident has been formally charged in an automobile accident occurring Monday night that left one woman dead and five others seriously injured.

Reyes Duran, 21, was arraigned in Socorro Magistrate Court on Thursday and charged with eight different counts stemming from the accident. According to court documents, the charges include aggravated first DWI (bodily injury as a result) and reckless driving, both misdemeanors, as well as homicide by motor vehicle and five separate counts of great bodily injury by vehicle, those being third degree felonies.

The penalty for the alleged crimes could mean as much as a total of 20 years in prison and $27,500 in fines.

According to court documents, state police were notified at around 10 p.m. Aug. 27, of a wrong-way driver traveling north in southbound lanes on I-25, near mile marker 143. Upon arrival, an officer noticed a black 2002 Cadillac with extensive damage belonging to Duran facing west. The Cadillac had hit a 2003 Honda head-on, killing 42-year-old Bertha Sanchez of El Paso.

A 1996 GMC van then struck the Cadillac after it came to a rest in the middle of the southbound lanes.

A total of five passengers from the two vehicles were transported to area hospitals and their conditions are unknown at this time.

There are no reports that Duran was injured in the crash.

Reports also say Duran was disoriented and had a strong odor of alcohol on him. He was taken to Socorro General Hospital for a blood draw and then transported to Socorro County Detention Center.

Duran’s blood-alcohol content won’t be available for two or three weeks, since officials drew his blood rather than preforming a breathalyzer test.

Duran, whose bond is set $550,000, will have a preliminary hearing on Sep. 12.