Applebees trial begins for DWI death case

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The civil trial has begun for the case involving the death of two sisters killed in a DWI crash in Santa Fe.

Dellynn Peshlakai, 19, and her 17-year-old sister, Deshauna, were killed when the vehicle they were in was rear ended by James Ruiz in 2010.

Ruiz had been drinking at Applebees and the Blue Corn Cafe.

The eshlakai family sued saying Applebees over served Ruiz and attorneys argue that during the incident, Applebees was operating under a marketing strategy that emphasized alcohol sales.

Applebees is arguing that Ruiz did not appear intoxicated.

Blue Corn was fined $10,000 and had its liquor license temporarily suspended stemming from the crash, they later settled their lawsuit with the Reshlakai family.

Ruiz is currently serving 42 year prison sentence. 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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