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Ignacio man charged with homicide in fatal crash

Steve Garrison
stgarrison@daily-times.com
Crime

AZTEC — A 22-year-old Ignacio, Colo., man was arrested Friday on allegations he caused a friend's death in March when he wrecked his vehicle while intoxicated near the Colorado-New Mexico border.

Dallas Mason Riley was charged Tuesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with homicide by vehicle, a third-degree felony, and first-offense driving while intoxicated.

He was being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

He has not yet retained legal representation, records state.

Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched after midnight March 8 to mile marker 24.5 on N.M. Highway 511 after receiving reports of a fatal crash, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police found the car's passenger, Danielle Tracey, dead in the debris near the vehicle, which had rolled more than 170 feet down an embankment before it came to a rest, the affidavit states.

The driver, Riley, was airlifted to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he told detectives he smoked marijuana and drank two shots of rum before getting behind the wheel, according to the affidavit.

Deputies found a glass pipe packed with a green leafy substance in the vehicle, the affidavit states.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for Riley's blood, which was tested at the state crime lab, according to the affidavit. The results showed Riley's blood-alcohol content at 0.06, and he tested positive for marijuana, the affidavit states.

A crash scene reconstruction indicated the vehicle was traveling between 80 and 88 miles per hour before it left the road, according to the affidavit. The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

A court date for Riley has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.