Police video captures pursuit, deadly crash


Newly release police video shows how a pursuit turned into a deadly crash within seconds.

While one person was killed and three others were injured, at least one of the victims called himself, “lucky.”

The crash happened on a busy Los Lunas road last November.

Around 9 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2017, a Los Lunas Police officer tried to stop a silver Nissan sedan in the Blake’s Lotaburger parking lot near Main Street and New Mexico State Highway 314.

The driver behind the wheel was 29-year old Roberto Quinonez-Gonzales of Los Lunas. New Mexico State Police says at the time of the crash, Quinonez-Gonzales had a revoked driver’s license and was wanted on a stolen vehicle charge.

As Quinonez-Gonzales’ car appeared to be stopping for officers, New Mexico State Police dashcam video shows the car speed through the parking lot and back on to the roadway.

The suspect’s car went east on Main Street for nearly one mile before crashing into two other cars.

Investigators say Quinonez-Gonzales’ car ran a red light, clipped a white SUV, then spun around and crashed into a truck sitting at the traffic signal.

Los Lunas police officers were wearing body cameras when responding to the crash. Video shows Quinonez-Gonzales groaning and slumped over the wheel following the crash. He died at the scene.

A passenger inside Quinonez-Gonzales’ car was also seriously injured.

The two other victims in two different cars were both injured. A young female driver in the white SUV was bruised up, while an off-duty Los Lunas police officer was inside the truck that Quinonez-Gonzales’ car hit.

The’s officer hand was cut and he also had body aches following the crash.

“That was probably a lucky one,” said the off-duty officer, who was taken to the hospital.

Police never filed charges in the crash because the person who caused it, Quinonez-Gonzales, was killed.

It’s unclear what happened to the passenger who was in Quinonez-Gonzales’ car. She was in critical condition after the crash.

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