Family heartbroken after Albuquerque mother dies in drunk driving wreck

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A mother killed in a drunken crash this holiday weekend, leaves a family heartbroken.

Lizeth Martinez-Dominquez leaves behind a 6-year-old son. That boy’s father tells us the hardest part about this, is that the boy will grow up without a mother.

On Friday, Nicholas Baca had to deliver news he never expected to.

“I grabbed him and I said, look buddy, your mom was in an accident. And he said, is she ok? And I said…she’s in heaven now. She’s an angel and he’s like, did she die? And I think that’s the hardest I ever hugged him.”

On Friday afternoon, Albuquerque Police say Marcus Gomez was driving drunk on his motorcycle when he crashed on Paseo and Coors.

Lizeth Martinez-Dominguez was riding on the back and was thrown from the bike, hitting a guard rail and dying from her injuries. Her son’s father tells KRQE News 13 she was a loving mom.

“She would go out of her way just to make sure he was taken care of, and she bought him clothes, shoes, pants, and everything before she even bought herself anything.”

In one of the last conversations he had with Lizeth, it was clear their son Evan was always on her mind.

“Can you tell my Ben Ben I love him? And I said absolutely. Told him, Evan your mom loves you, and he said, tell her I love her too.”

Gomez, who’s already been convicted of DWI twice before, will head from the hospital to jail, now facing a vehicular homicide charge for her death.

“It’s just something he should’ve considered that on the back of that bike he didn’t have just any old person… he had somebody’s mother.”

Now, many people’s lives won’t be the same.

“She was that person that I only pictured myself ever marrying because of our son. And now that’s just a dream.”

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral costs.

The driver of the motorcycle is currently in the hospital from that accident. He will face up to 15 years in prison for that vehicular homicide charge because of a change in the law state lawmakers approved this year.

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