“Sluggish Down Albuquerque” gathers in honor of the Albuquerque lady killed in a crash

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The family of an Albuquerque woman killed in a car accident two weeks ago is waiting to see charges against the person suspected of giving a red light and beating her. The family advocates justice and honors the woman in a “Slow Down Albuquerque” event.

“It’s hard to get through this,” said Julie Gonzales, Erika Chavez’s mother. Gonzales struggles to hold back tears when he talks about Chavez, who died in a car accident nearly two weeks ago. The family said Chavez was a mother of three, a local from Albuquerque, and had a heart of gold.

“My daughter should bury me, not the other way around,” said Gonzales. Chavez’s family said they were picking up food for her husband and children when witnesses said the other driver gave the red light at Unser and Tower and hit Chavez’s car. She died instantly. Her three-year-old daughter was in the back seat and survived but was injured.

In the police report, the driver claims he has problems with his accelerator pedal and transmission and told police he tried to apply the brakes but was unable to stop in time. Witnesses told the family the driver drove about 120 mph. This driver has still not been arrested, but the report lists excessive speed and lack of compliance as factors. The police said they are still investigating.

“I want awareness of them,” said Gonzales. “I want justice for her because this guy was driving fast.” Because of this tragedy, the family gathers at the site where Chavez died on Saturday, September 26th, to honor their memory and to publicize Albuquerque’s problem with speeders.

“We’re going to have signs and posters where people can ‘Slow Down Albuquerque’ about what happened two weeks ago,” Gonzales said. “These children are without a mother.” The family hopes they will attract the attention of state and local elected officials, possibly to put laws in their honor and prevent this from happening to any other family.

“We want as many people as possible so it can be a wake up call so other people don’t go through this,” Gonzales said.

Albuquerque police said more evidence needs to be analyzed before sending anything to prosecutors. The ‘Slow Down Albuquerque’ meeting starts on Saturday around 11am in Unser and Tower.

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