SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting and killing an oncoming motorcyclist near Chimayo last year has been convicted by a jury in Santa Fe.
Juan de Dios Cordova faces up to nine years in state prison after Thursday's vehicular homicide conviction. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/10rSMqe) he also was convicted of four counts of great bodily injury.
The 57-year-old was accused of driving his pickup head-on into a group of motorcyclists on N.M. 76 over Memorial Day weekend in 2011. The first motorcycle's driver was killed and his wife badly hurt. Two other bikers were also hurt.
Cordova fled and was arrested that evening at his nearby home. His blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit hours after the wreck.