Man in trouble for vehicular homicide again

JARALES, NM (KRQE) – It’s deja vu for a Belen man, as he finds himself behind bars for the same crime seven years later.

He got behind the wheel drunk and killed a man, again.

This time, 27-year-old Jacob Williams shares a very strange connection with the victims’ family.

“We heard the sirens go by but you kind of get immune to these things,” Cindy Chavez said.

Those sirens were screaming down Highway 109 last night just outside of Jarales. It’s where State Police say Williams drove across the center line hitting 51-year-old Daniel Sanchez of Belen.

He was riding his motorcycle with his 11-year-old daughter.

“One of my grandsons called me and told me that Danny had gotten into a bad accident and died,” Chavez said.

Cindy Chavez is Daniel’s aunt and was at the scene for the first time Sunday. State Police say her nephew died right away.

“I’m feeling pretty bad,” Chavez said. “It’s kind of emotional to see it.”

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Williams has found himself in a situation like this. Seven and a half years ago, something eerily similar happened here along Highway 47.

It was August of 2006 and Williams had been drinking when he hit a couple on their motorcycle near Rio Communities. The driver died and his female passenger was paralyzed.

Williams, then 19, was sentenced to six years behind bars.

Judge William Sanchez handed down that punishment in April of 2008. Now Judge Sanchez’s own family member is the victim of a drunk driver.

“Yes, it’s his brother,” Chavez said of the relationship between William and Daniel.

Three years later, Williams was released early. But two months after that he was back in prison for violating parole.

In 2012, he was out of prison as his sentence was up.

“This is the second time it’s happened,” Chavez said. “It just seems like there could be something more done. He was a wonderful nephew, dad, brother, son.”

KRQE News 13 spoke to Williams’ mother over the phone and she says her son has a learning disability and was going through counseling. She said he “made bad choices and that she hurts for Daniel and his entire family.”

The family tells us that Daniel’s daughter, who was on the back of the motorcycle, has had two surgeries at UNM hospital.

Williams is being held at the Valencia County Detention Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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