Mom of 4 killed in a crash on the Albuquerque intersection
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family grieves after their mother was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver. The family said this tragedy turned their world upside down. It all started at an intersection on the west side just after 5am on Sunday. “I just can’t believe my mother is gone,” said Naomi Katesigwa.
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The Katesigwa family said they mourn the loss of their missing piece, Janell. “She was so proud of us,” said her daughter Naomi. “It’s gone and I can’t get it back.”
One of her daughters was following Janell on her way to work at McDonald’s in San Mateo and the academy early Sunday morning when she saw the car her mother was involved in in an accident. “She looked and called to see if my mother was at work and she didn’t answer,” Naomi said. “She looked and checked her location. When the place showed it was the same place as the car accident, she called me. ”
The family said Janell was driving through the Tower and Unser intersection not far from their house when they said an alleged drunk driver gave a red light and crashed into Janelle. The 41-year-old died on impact. “At the moment my body was frozen,” said Janell’s husband Silver. “I couldn’t believe my wife was gone.”
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The Albuquerque Police Department said the driver was drunk and was transported to the University of New Mexico hospital. The police report said the driver told officers that she fired a few shots and then stopped responding. There was also an unconscious passenger in this car who was also hospitalized. APD said fees are pending.
Janell’s mother is incredulous. “I want them to see that it hurts when they take my daughter’s life,” said Rosalie Grooms. “It is too hard.”
When people gathered at home Wednesday night, the family said Janell deserves justice. “This woman was everything to everyone, and you don’t have to do this for anyone,” said Naomi.
“We’re going to be in pain for the rest of our lives,” said Silver. “That changed our life.”
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Janelle’s husband said they met at the New Mexico State Fair after moving here from Uganda and being married for more than 25 years. You raised four children together here in Albuquerque. They also worked together at McDonald’s. Janell was the manager and Silver is the supervisor.
On Thursday at 6.30 p.m. there will be a candlelight vigil for Janelle at the intersection. The family set up a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses.