Family asks for money for woman accused of killing two

It was early March when Mickey Chambellan and Lonnie Escovedo were changing a tire on the side of I-25. 

Sandoval County deputies said 32-year-old Christie Noriega was drunk behind the wheel with her 2-year-old in the car, when she plowed into the two men, killing them. Noriega was charged with aggravated DWI and two counts of vehicular homicide.

Now, more than two months later, Noriega’s family has started a GoFundMe page for her, saying they need help to pay for a defense attorney.

“It’s disturbing, I have to say, the other reaction was anger,” said Linda Atkinson.  

She’s the executive director of the DWI Resource Center and says she’s shocked the family is asking for money. 

“I just don’t get that. I really don’t. And if they think it’s to help her get off, to do this or do that, whatever they think a private attorney can do, it’s no different than what a public defender does,”  

Noriega’s husband has also sought donations on Facebook, and friends have shared the go fund me, which says Noriega is a mom of five.

The GoFundMe page makes no mention of what she’s accused of doing.

“People that drink and drive think they can get away with it,” said Atkinson. 

She said it’s the victim’s families she hurts for.

“I think it’s devastating, I mean, they’re reeling from the grief and the sudden loss, the violent loss of their loved ones,” said Atkinson.  

She said Noriega’s family should think twice, before asking for money.

“If anything they should help raise money to set up funds, scholarships in the names of the two young men that were killed,” said Atkinson. 

Sandoval County deputies said Noriega’s blood was drawn after the crash, it’s unclear what her blood alcohol level was. She also remains on GPS monitoring until her trial.

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