New Mexico: Alfredo Alaniz busted for selling beer to teens who killed in DWI crash; Vanessa Rodriguez faces DWI homicide

Alfredo Alaniz charged with selling beer to teens in fatal crash NM


10/16/2014 — UPDATE: A man from Hatch, New Mexico was arrested for selling beer to the teens involved in a deadly wreck Tuesday night.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators charged Alfredo Alaniz, 65, with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, selling or giving alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges are all fourth-degree felonies.

Alaniz was arrested Wednesday night at his home on the 600 block of Hayes Street in Hatch.

Investigators said a 13-year-old boy involved in the crash bought about eight cans of Budweiser beer for $10 from Alaniz’s makeshift store that he runs out of his home.

Sonia Rodriguez, 16, was killed after she was ejected from the truck the teens were riding in.

Elida Garcia, 32, who was in the second car involved, was also killed.

Vanessa Rodriquez faces charges of DWI homicide after she killed while drunk driving. She is 16 and may spend years in prison.


The teen driver of a pickup truck that collided head-on with another vehicle in Hatch Tuesday night has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies say she also could be charged with DWI.

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a traffic collision around 7 p.m. near the intersection of Canal Road and Castaneda Road.

They found a 2003 GMC truck, reportedly driven by 16-year-old Vanessa Rodriguez, and a 2002 Hyundai Sonata driven by 32-year-old Elida Garcia.

Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger in her vehicle, 50-year-old Maria Granados, was transported to an El Paso hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Deputies say there were two passengers in Rodriguez’s truck, 16-year-old Sonia Rodriguez and a 13-year-old boy. Sonia Rodriguez, no relation to the driver, was killed after being partially ejected from the truck after it rolled on impact with the Hyundai.

Sheriff’s officials are not releasing the 13-year-old’s name as a courtesy to his relatives.

Sheriff’s officials say that an initial investigation revealed the teens in the pickup truck had been drinking beer earlier in the evening. Vanessa Rodriguez told investigators could not remember where the alcohol came from.

Vanessa Rodriguez told deputies she and Sonia had started drinking after school and later picked up the 13-year-old boy, who was Sonia’s ….MORE

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