Albuquerque residents believe speeding led to van crashing into home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Brenda Luna and and her family were outside their North Valley home when a van crashed into it Wednesday night.

“It was a young gentleman that hit our house and he was driving very fast,” said Luna.

She feels this could happen to anyone in the neighborhood because the intersection of Mullen and Arno seems more like a drag strip.

“We can’t even walk around because of the traffic. The cars are going so fast,” said Virginia Garcia.

The speed limit is 15 mph, but when News 13 pulled out a radar gun, it quickly caught a driver doing almost 40 mph.

The area has some families on edge.

“I’ve got five grandchildren and I have to put them in the back because the traffic that goes through here is so bad,” said Garcia.

I’m not leaving this house even if I have to sleep outside,” said Evelyn Galvan, Brenda’s Mother.

Deputies believe the driver was also drunk and high on mushrooms while he was speeding, a combination that left this family’s home in shambles.

While their home is boarded up and covered with yellow tape, they want to find a way to make their street safe again. They’re hoping to see more deputies around to nab the speeders.

Some of the neighbors told News 13 they will try to start a petition to bring speed bumps to the neighborhood. 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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