A New Mexico motorist guilty of killing a motorcyclist in a 2006 drunk driving crash is accused of causing another fatal accident while driving under the influence.
In an apparently cruel coincidence, the Albuquerque Journal reported that the man Jacob Williams allegedly killed on Saturday was the brother of the judge who sentenced him for the first deadly wreck.
A witness twice called 911 about Williams; once for driving erratically in her neighborhood in Berlen, a town 30 miles south of Albuquerque and, hours later, for fighting with a neighbor.
Shortly after the second complaint, the 27-year-old suspect allegedly veered into oncoming traffic and crashed his pickup into a motorcycle carrying two people. The head-on collision killed 51-year-old Daniel Sanchez and caused serious leg injuries to his 11-year-old daughter Magan Sanchez.
Police were initially slow to respond because the five Valencia County sheriff's deputies on duty were tied up with other emergencies, a department spokesperson told TV station KOB.
Williams admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel, according to the criminal complaint obtained by KDAT. The document also said that Williams had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a blood alcohol level of .16 — twice the legal limit.
Sanchez's brother Judge William Sanchez sentenced Williams to six years for breezing past a stop sign and smacking into a motorcyclist in Rio Communities. The driver was killed and a passenger was paralyzed, KDAT said.
On Thursday, Williams is scheduled to be arraigned for multiple charges, including DWI and vehicular manslaughter, according to TV station KOB.