SANTA FE (KRQE) - A member of the governor's security detail was in the passengerseat when a politically connected and possibly drunk lawyer left aninjured pedestrian to die on a Santa Fe street, police arereporting.
William Tenorio, 46, died several hours after being struck onGuadalupe Street as patrons were leaving a downtown blues clubearly Wednesday morning.
Carlos William Fierro, 36, appeared to be drunk when policestopped his BMW about a mile from the scene, according to Santa Fepolice. He was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide andleaving the scene of an accident.
A test of blood drawn from him will determine whether or notthere was alcohol in his system and how much.
Fierro, named the 2007 Young Lawyer of the Year by the NewMexico Bar Association, ran for the Democratic nomination for thestate Public Regulation Commission in 2004. He also served as legalcounsel to Rep. Tom Udall, D-N. M., in Washington.
Police identified Fierro's passenger as New Mexico State PoliceSgt. Alfred Lovato, a 17-year veteran of the department who isassigned to Gov. Bill Richardson's security detail.
Lovato was not charged although he could be as the casedevelops. He's currently on paid administrative leave from theState Police and could also face department discipline dependingwhat an internal investigation turns up.
Police spent the entire day combing over the BMW which wasdamaged in the collision. The impact shattered the windshield onthe passenger side of the car.
"(Tenorio) actually rolled up on top of the car and then rolledoff to the side of the vehicle," Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief AricWheeler told KRQE News 13.
Events unfolded outside WilLee's Blue's Club as the bar wasclosing about 2 a.m. There were a lot of people on the street, andwitnesses said they saw the BMW coming south on Guadalupe when itstruck Tenorio.
But witnesses also heard something odd. They told investigatorsthe BMW already had two flat tires making a thumping noise as thecar came around the corner just before the impact.
"What else did they strike that we're not aware of?" Wheelersaid. "What tracks did they leave us leading from wherever theycame from up until the accident scene?"
Santa Fe police stopped the BMW on Marcy Street about a milenortheast of the scene.
A lot of questions remain unanswered including the biggest one:Why did the two men, one an experienced law officer, apparentlyleave the scene in contradiction of the officer's training?
State Police Chief Faron Segotta told News 13 he's disappointedby his officer's reported behavior.
"Although he was not the driver it doesn't really excuse hisactions or lack thereof," Segotta said.
Segotta also released a statement expressing the department'scondolences to the Tenorio family.
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