Mom, neighbors speak out about fatal crash

Mom, neighbors speak out about fatal crash

The mother of 27-year-old Jacob Williams says she can’t be more sorry about what happened.

Her son is accused of killing a motorcyclist and seriously injuring his 11-year-old daughter Saturday while driving drunk.

It was an eerily similar incident to one Williams was involved in back in 2006.

But neighbors say this could have been stopped in more ways than one.

Neighbors say they called police on Williams and his friends because they were out of control, but deputies could not get there in time to stop the deadly crash.

“That day they’d been fighting all day and a neighbor I talked to said she’d called the sheriff’s department,” said Jake Romero who lives nearby.

Neighbors say they called 911 Saturday for help at this home where 27-year-old Jacob Williams was allegedly causing problems with his friends.

But Romero says help didn’t come fast enough.

“Maybe if the sheriff’s department or State Police would’ve come down, maybe they could’ve prevented this from happening by just putting them on notice that the police are around,” he said.

Just after 5:30 p.m., Romero says Williams left that home.

Police say he then crossed the center line on Highway 109 just outside of Jarales, hitting and killing Daniel Sanchez, 51, of Belen, who was riding his motorcycle with his 11-year-old daughter.

She was seriously hurt.

“I have an 11-year-old great-granddaughter, and I just can’t imagine something happening like that and what it would do to a child,” said Susan Mullins.

Williams’ mother said Monday that her son is devastated about what happened. She says her son just can’t handle his alcohol.

“Jacob cannot drink. Period,” Mullins said. “He’s been on medication to keep him from alcohol because when he drinks, his brain just, one drink and he’s not the same person.”

Mullins also apologized to the family, saying she’s heartbroken.

“When he called me I said, ‘Oh my god, how could it happen again? How could it happen again?’ ” Mullins said. “I just want that other family to know that my heart breaks for them.”

But Mary Ann Madrid, who was also in an accident with Williams, is sad, angry and hurt this happened again.

“Honestly, I broke down. I think I took it harder than I took my own accident,” she said. “Why doesn’t he have the proper help, or whatever it takes to keep him off the streets?”

Williams has already served prison time for driving drunk, and hitting Madrid, and killing her friend while they were on a motorcycle ride near Rio communities in 2006.

Madrid was in a coma for two weeks and is now paralyzed from the crash.

“He doesn’t deserve to see light. If he took two lives and changed two other lives, he doesn’t deserve to see light outside prison walls,” Madrid said.

Mullins said Madrid has been in her prayers since the accident and will not hurt for this other family.

“For all these years, I’ve kept her family and his family in my prayers, and I still hurt for them,” Mullins said. “And now these new people, it’s just so, so much worse.”

Sheriff’s officials say two deputies were dispatched to the home in Jarales as soon as they got the call from neighbors.

They were handling another call about 25 miles away in Los Lunas.

A captain says the deputies were almost to the scene when they were notified about the crash.

The victim in this latest crash, Daniel Sanchez, is the brother of District Judge William Sanchez.

He was actually the judge who accepted Williams’ plea deal in his first vehicular homicide case.

Under that agreement, he was sentenced to six years in prison. The maximum he could have served was nine.

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