ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The family of a young woman killed by an Albuquerque Police Department officer in a crash, claims APD intentionally destroyed evidence against the officer.
Adam Casaus ran a red light in April 2013, hitting a car carrying 21-year-old Ashley Browder and her sister Lindsay. Ashley was killed.
Now in their lawsuit against the city and Casaus, the Browders claim APD purposefully destroyed the city owned cellphone used by Casaus that night.
Their attorney says they reached out early in the case to make sure it was preserved but when they recently inquired about the whereabouts of the phone they were told it was gone.
Attorneys say the phone would have contained texts from that night possibly indicating where he was going that night in such a hurry.
Casaus had claimed he was pursuing a drunk driver, but investigators never found evidence of that.
Casaus was convicted of careless driving and served 90 days in jail. Casaus was fired three months after the crash.
The city has not responded to the latest allegations.