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Deputies say drunk mom hit, killed two men changing tire along I-25

ALGODONES, N.M. (KRQE) - Sandoval County deputies say shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, they found a smashed Honda Pilot and two men lying on the side of I-25 north of Bernalillo. 

"Unfortunately the two males didn't survive the crash," said Sandoval County Deputy Keith Elder.  

He said the two men, 21-year-old Mickey Chambellan and 28-year-old Lonnie Escovedo, had pulled over onto the side of the road because one of them had a flat tire. The other, came to help.  

"Shortly after the two adult males were outside the vehicle, a driver came through, veered off the road, struck both vehicles, and the two males that were at the scene doing the flat change," said Elder.  
 
Deputies say the driver who hit the men was 31-year-old Christie Noriega. They said her 2-year-old son was in the backseat.

"The other driver is being investigated into a possibility of alcohol involvement as a result of the crash," said Elder.  

Deputies said Noriega smelled of alcohol and they found an open miniature bottle of 99 Pineapple Liquor near her Honda Pilot. 

She refused to take a breathalyzer, but her blood was drawn. In court Wednesday, a judge said she was a flight risk and is holding her without bond.  

According to her Facebook, she's a mom of five kids. 

KRQE News 13 went to her home Wednesday to see if anyone had anything to say. A teen came to the door and said, "hold on," but never came back.

Deputies believe a 911 call made just minutes before the crash about a drunk driver coming south on the interstate may have been about Noriega. 

"It's real concerning that that vehicle in that close of time frame from around the Santa Domingo area to here in about 15 minutes and then we have this fatal crash," said Elder. 

Chambellan worked at the Sadie's on Academy, and his manager said he was one of the best employees they've ever had. The staff is so devastated, they were too emotional to talk. 


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