March 8 Morning Rush: Friends mourn for victims of deadly crash


 1. It will be another difficult morning for the family and friends of two men killed on the side of I-25 by an accused drunk driver. Police identified the victims as Michael Chambellan 21, and Lonnie Escovedo, 28. Chambellan was helping his girlfriend’s brother, Escovedo, change a tire that night when deputies say a drunk mother veered off the interstate, striking and killing them. Friends of Chambellan call him Mikey and say the Sandia High grad was a hard worker, loved wrestling, fixing up cars and helping others. Friends and family of Escovedo say itโ€™s too difficult to talk about his death this soon.

Full story: Friends, coaches remember victim in deadly crash

2. This morning, the APD officer being sued for killing a young boy in a crash is pointing the finger back at the boy’s mom. In a new lawsuit, he claims the crash was her fault. Investigators say APD officer Jonathan Mcdonnell was going double the speed limit and hit the family’s car while heading to a call.6-year-old Joel Anthony Mumaw died the next day. Mcdonnell is now suing the boy’s mom Antoinette Suina claiming she negligently failed to yield to the officer’s emergency vehicle. Suina filed a suit against the officer first, claiming he was driving recklessly.

Full story: APD officer sues woman whose son died in crash


3. Sunshine and high clouds will continue to stream in over New Mexico. 

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast


 4. Some local high school students are trying their hand at running a business. Today, students from Sandia High School will continue their food truck challenge competition. The two-day event kicked off yesterday with six groups. The students came up with food pricing and a $600 budget to feed at least 200 students each day. The winner gets a pizza party.

Full story: Local high schoolers compete in ‘Food Truck Challenge’


5. The Lobos will try to keep their five-game win streak going when they take on the Wyoming Cowboys to start the Mountain West Tournament. UNM swept Wyoming this season and will try to beat them a third-time tonight in Las Vegas. There should be a lot of action on the court. Game two was a high scoring affair ending 119 to 114. Tonight’s game tips off at 9:30.

Full story: Lobos are thinking defense ahead of their first Mountain West Tournament game



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