A jury charged a man with careless driving after he hit and killed a 12-year-old girl outside of her middle school.
This charge comes almost a year after the event. Careless driving is a traffic code misdemeanor.
The man driving the vehicle was 76-year-old Revi Pexa and he took the life of Eliza Almuina.
Court records state, “Pexa drove in a careless,
inattentive or imprudent manner” during the crash. Pexa could face a fine up to $300, imprisonment for no greater than 90 days or both.
Police called the collision a “tragic accident.” A vehicle paused at the crosswalk to allow a few girls to cross and Pexa did not see them in the right lane. Pexa hit Almuina as became clear of the stopped car.
“It ends up being a careless driving, horrible accident, but it wasn’t reckless,” said Michael Patrick of the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. “He wasn’t doing it with intent.”
Through a lengthy investigation officials found that Pexa was going 2 mph over the designated 35 mph speed limit. He swerved into the right lane to avoid the stopped car in the left lane.
Due to Almuina’s death, the case went to a grand jury. The City council redesigned the crosswalk after the event. The City of Albuquerque hopes the council will take a closer look at all crosswalks in Albuquerque.
Almuina’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pexa.
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Source: Albuquerque Journal