ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man Albuquerque police say is responsible for a crash that killed a 10-year-old girl was in court Sunday.
According to a criminal complaint, Xavier Nelson was racing on I-25 moments before crashing into a van with the little girl and her family inside.
The 22-year-old driver charged with vehicular homicide and drug possession faces more than seven years behind bars.
According to the initial investigation, police said Nelson was driving more than a hundred miles an hour on I-25 going southbound near Montano, racing another car just past midnight Saturday.
That’s when Nelson’s white car rear-ended a van with the little girl and her family of four inside.
Both cars rolled and the 10-year-old girl was ejected — she was pronounced dead on the scene.
Although Nelson had no prior felony criminal history, the judge kept Nelson’s bond high in court.
“I am going to go ahead and continue the bond at $52,500 cash or surety. I, too, am concerned about the danger to the community,” said Judge Michelle Castillo Dowler.
According to investigators at this time — there’s no evidence Nelson was intoxicated while behind the wheel.
Nelson’s drug possession charge stems from pills similar to Xanax police say they found on him that did not belong to him.
At last check, Nelson remains behind bars at MDC.