24 year old Santiago F. Martinez of Ranchos de Taos was recently indicted by a grand jury after he was charged with homicide by vehicle following a fatal head on crash in June 2014. The accident in Rio Arriba County resulted in the death of his 24 year old girlfriend Lindsay Hinds also of Taos. Martinez, in a 2005 Mercedes, collided with a 2002 two-door grey GMC truck driven by Lylon Vigil, 56, of Dulce.

Hinds, who was a passenger in Martinez’s vehicle died at the scene of the crash while Vigil sustained extensive injuries and was treated at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. Martinez was also treated at the same hospital.
Martinez faces multiple charges
According to police reports, Vigil claims that the Mercedes swerved and crossed the double yellow line before hitting her vehicle head on. Martinez faced multiple charges including great bodily harm by vehicle. On searching his vehicle police found a number of oral syringes containing traces of marijuana wax, a bag containing marijuana, and other drug supplies, for which he faced additional charges for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
The search on the Mercedes was conducted by a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy three days after the fatal crash on US 84/64 west of Chama. Incidentally, Hinds owned the vehicle that Martinez drove on the day of the fatal crash.
Still no clues in hit and run accident that seriously injured 21 year old Tailor Dunn
After more than three weeks police released a report on a hit and run crash near Paseo del Norte and Louisiana Boulevard in Albuquerque that nearly killed 21 year old Tailor Dunn. According to police, Dunn and Nicholas Allen were traveling east on Paseo del Norte when a red SUV brushed their car. Allen attempted to follow the SUV with both cars turning left onto northbound Louisiana. As both Dunn and Allen got out of the car to speak with the driver of the red SUV, the driver sped away, striking Dunn in the process.
Family wants answers
According to police reports, Allen failed to call 911. However, a witness called in to report that he saw Allen’s car back up and drive forward. He also found a woman lying on the ground. According to Albuquerque NM accident attorneys, no arrests have been made since the driver of the red SUV is still untraceable. Police are still studying footage from traffic cameras that show Allen’s vehicle chasing the SUV. How come the passenger did not copy down the SUV’s license plate?
Unfortunately, there is no footage captured of the crash. Tailor Dunn has had to undergo several surgeries following the crash while her family is still looking for answers on what actually happened. For the moment, the police still remain clueless as investigations continue. Following the arrested, Allen was booked for DWI.
Albuquerque NM accident attorneys stress the importance of acting swiftly if you or a loved one is involved in an accident. It is essential to gather as much evidence as possible to prove you are not at fault. This evidence can play a vital role in any lawsuit where the defendants usually do their best to avoid paying, which is very often the insurance company.

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