Teen charged with vehicular homicide after fatal crash

Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say a teen street racing on Central in her car hit and killed a motorcyclist who was in the wrong place at the wrong time Sunday night.

According to the criminal complaint, 18-year-old Nayali Martinez fled the scene after hitting Thomas Kellepourey on his motorcycle near Central and Sunset.

The passenger later came back to the scene and allegedly told police what happened. According to the complaint, the two were “cruising” downtown Albuquerque on Central when they noticed a friend of theirs in another car. She says she looked down at her phone and then when she looked up she saw a motorcycle just before they hit it.

She says her friend took off and drove them to Pat Hurley Park. While the passenger was speaking with the officer, 18-year-old Nayali Martinez then showed up to the scene. She was the one driving the car.

She told police the same story about “cruising” downtown but then says when they spotted their friend in another car, she started racing him. Martinez says she spotted the motorcyclist heading west on Central in front of her in the lane. She says she hit him, then hit the breaks.

After taking off to the park, Martinez told police she called her parents who told her to “figure it out because she’s 18.” She then said her step-mom picked her up and took her back to the scene because she knew she’d done something wrong.

Martinez was only driving on a provisional license. She was also cited last year for driving without one. Martinez is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving.

She is expected to have her first court appearance on Tuesday.

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