Police search for second driver involved in wreck that killed 10-year-old

Carmen Rivera
Carmen Rivera

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are still searching for the second driver involved in a deadly crash that killed a 10-year-old girl.

Police say late Friday night, 10-year-old Carmen Esmeralda Rivera was in the car as her family was driving home when Xavier Nelson rear-ended their van. Witnesses say Nelson was going more than 100 mph.

Carmen’s family is now searching for funds to help pay for 10-year-old’s funeral. On their GoFundMe page, family members describe her as a happy little girl full of life. They say it was Friday night when she was driving home with her family when the fatal crash happened.

Police say that a pair of street racers using I-25 like a drag strip are allegedly to blame for that deadly crash. It’s something Albuquerque Police say has been an ongoing problem.

“We have two drag racing strips here these guys need to go to,” said Officer Simon Drobik.

APD says the man responsible, Xavier Nelson, is now behind bars. The 22-year-old is facing vehicular homicide and drug possession charges, and faces more than seven years behind bars.

Nelson has no prior criminal history, but the judge decided to keep his bond high at $52,000 cash or surety, expressing concern over danger to the community.

Investigators say there’s no evidence Nelson was intoxicated while behind the wheel. His drug possession charge stems from pills similar to Xanax police say they found on him that were not his.

Police are still trying to find the other driver Nelson was racing.

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