Man accused in fatal street-racing crash to stay behind bars for now

Nelson is behind bars at MDC for vehicular homicide and drug possession, for having pills that didn’t belong to him.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man accused of killing a little girl in a street racing crash will stay behind bars, but maybe not for long.

Wednesday Judge Stan Whitaker said he would consider releasing Xavier Nelson, as long as he’s getting help for alcohol abuse.

Last November, police said 23-year-old Xavier Nelson was going more than 100 miles an hour when he rear-ended a family’s van.

Carmen Esmeralda Rivera, 10, was thrown from the van and died.

Earlier this year, Nelson was taken back into custody and ordered to complete an alcohol treatment program.

The judge said he wants to be sure Nelson is headed for continuing treatment before he’s released and that he will revisit the idea in one week. 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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