Deputies arrest sister of man in fatal crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A woman was arrested Saturday after she drove through the scene of a fatal crash involving her brother.

According to a criminal complaint, Leticia Romero, 32, ignored a deputy’s demands for her to stop her SUV and almost ran into him.

She allegedly kept driving, not stopping until another deputy pointed a gun at her.

The crash happened in the early morning at Coors and Gun Club. Romero’s brother, 22-year-old Kenneth Martinez, died at the scene.

In court Sunday, Romero made a tearful plea for the judge to let her out of jail so she can attend her brother’s funeral.

“I am from Isleta where we do take the burial within days, and I would like to be present for that,” she said.

Judge Henry Alaniz told Romero even though he sympathizes with her, he can not ignore the serious nature of the charges.

He did, however, reduce her bond from $70,000 to $10,000 cash or surety.

Sheriff’s officials identified the driver involved in the crash as Jezelle Jojola. She was taken to UNM Hospital for injuries she sustained in the crash.

Deputies are investigating alcohol as a factor in the crash, but no charges have been filed.

Romero is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and four counts of child abuse.

On Sunday, the judge said there was no sufficient cause for the child abuse charges because the complaint makes no mention of child abuse.

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