Skip to main content

2 people dead, 3 critically injured after crash caused by street racing

Fatal Crash
October 08, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – APD investigators determined the drivers of two cars were racing at a high rate of speed on Louisiana Blvd. and crashed into a third vehicle that entered the intersection, killing the female driver of that vehicle and critically injuring two 14-year-old victims.

The male driver of one of the cars that was racing later died at a hospital. The passenger of that car was also critically injured.

The occupants of the other car, including a child, suffered minor injuries. The driver of that car, Andy Doreste-Saumell, 28, was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, child abuse, and racing on streets/drag racing.

APD officers responded to reports of the crash at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday in the area of Louisiana Blvd. and Delwood Rd., N.E., which is south of Comanche Rd.

Investigators determined a gold BMW and a green Mini Cooper were racing on northbound lanes of Louisiana Blvd. Traffic video captured the two vehicles together at Louisiana Blvd and Indian School Rd., N.E., and again at Louisiana and Menaul Blvd., N.E. The vehicles appeared to be traveling side-by-side at a high rate of speed.

Surveillance video at a home in the area shows a white Toyota stopped at Dellwood Rd. and Louisiana Blvd., facing west. As the driver of the Toyota entered Louisiana, the BMW and Mini Cooper crashed into the side of the Toyota.

The BMW spun east and north from the initial crash into a cinder block wall on the northeast corner and crashed through the wall of a residence.

The Mini Cooper flipped over the white Toyota. The driver of the Mini Cooper was ejected from the vehicle as the vehicle flipped and landed on its roof. The driver, a 24-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital. He died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The passenger in the Mini Cooper, a 17-year-old female, was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

The white Toyota rotated to its right and was found facing northbound just north of the initial crash. The driver of the Toyota, an adult female, died at the scene. Two 14-year-old juveniles were transported to a local hospital where they are in critical, but stable condition.

Investigators said Doreste-Saumell admitted to driving above the speed limit. There were no signs of intoxication. He was booked overnight into the Metro Detention Center.