The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has identified two people killed in a crash Sunday at the intersection of Interstate 25 and N.M. 599 as John Griego and his wife, Bryana Trejo, of La Cienega.

Griego, 39, and Trejo, 28, were traveling in their Hyundai around 5 p.m. when they were struck by a Chevrolet truck driven by 52-year-old Andres Lira-Hernandez, who failed to stop at the intersection, sheriff’s office spokesman Juan Ríos wrote in an email Tuesday.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, Ríos added.

Lira-Hernandez was taken into custody and booked in the Santa Fe County jail after deputies discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest. Jail records show he was released Tuesday morning.

The warrants stemmed from an incident in which Lira-Hernandez was charged with drunken driving, reckless driving and other misdemeanors after failing to stop at a DWI checkpoint in September 2019. Several bench warrants were ordered in July and August after Lira-Hernandez failed to report to a probation officer, failed to register for DWI school and failed to register for a victim impact program, court records show.

(8) comments

Mark Ortiz

WTF?!?!?! He's already out? My ire is my ire but these two were salt of the earth, the coolest couple you'd ever meet. Jesus Christ!!!

Mike Johnson

You like left wing liberals, they are soft-on-crime, this is NM True, but you know that.....

Donald Sure

He was moved from Santa Fe to Albuquerque - he is in custody at Metro Detention Center

Red Eagle

Couldn’t have said it better!

James Martinez

its a sport here

Khal Spencer

So this clown was a fugitive for multiple active warrants including a previous DWI, now he runs a light and kills two people, and the judge releases him????

Oh, that's right. This is New Mexico. You drink, you drive, WE lose.

Mike Johnson

Yes Khal, NM judges are soft-on-crime because politicians, and apparently voters too, here insist on that.....

Gerald Joyce

Wow and now 2 people are dead. No mention whether he was driving while impaired and he's out of jail. Who'd a thunk it. Looks like the justice system protects criminals over public safety. Hey, all the public gets is the bill.

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