Deborah Aaron was legally drunk at the time of the Dec. 30 crash on St.
Francis Drive that killed 4-year-old Yuliana Reyes Vasquez.
Aaron, a 56-year-old Santa Fe surgeon who has been released on a
$100,000 cash bond after being arraigned on a charge of vehicular
homicide, admitted to police the night of the crash at the intersection
of Siringo Road that she had consumed two glasses of wine about five or
six hours earlier in the night, according to a criminal complaint filed
by Officer Daniel Parsons.
Aaron, who told police immediately after the crash that she'd had a
green light, drove her Land Rover into the passenger side of a minivan
driven by Karla Vasquez. The impact killed Yuliana and severely injured
Karla Vasquez, who is pregnant, and her 3-year-old daughter, Yaretzi.
Both have since been released from the hospital.
A blood sample taken from Aaron the night of the crash was analyzed
at the state crime lab and showed a blood alcohol content of 0.08, the
level legally considered too intoxicated to drive in New Mexico. A blood
sample taken from Karla Vasquez showed a BAC of 0.00. The blood results
were completed late last week and released Monday morning.
Aaron told police she was on her way to Albuquerque to pick up a
friend from the airport, and she was running late. Search warrants for
cellphone data for both Aaron's and Vasquez's cellphones have not yet
been returned, but police want to know if either were talking or texting
at the time of the crash.
One witness to the crash told police it appeared Karla Vasquez had
run a red light as she was turning left from Siringo Road onto St.
Santa Fe Police Capt. Aric Wheeler said at least two other witnesses
came forward last week with their versions of the crash. Asked if those
witnesses corroborated Aaron's claim that she had a green light,
Wheeler declined to comment. He said all accounts of how the crash
occurred are still under investigation.
Wheeler said anyone else with information on the crash or the events
leading up to the crash should call Officer James Plummer, the lead
crash-scene investigator, at 428-3710.
Contact Geoff Grammer at 986-3076 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his blog at santafecrime.com.
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