Gallup man to serve seven and a half years for 2017 vehicular homicide

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GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – A driver will spend seven and a half years in prison for causing a deadly crash near Gallup. Matthew Vargas was drinking back in 2017 and had taken Xanax that he didn’t have a prescription for.


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The crash happened on Highway 118, outside of Gallup. Witnesses say Vargas was in a truck owned by a local mortuary traveling west when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into 59-year-old Ernest Baker, killing him. Vargas was convicted of vehicular homicide earlier this year after tests showed he had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

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