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Hit-and-run crash claims life of Las Cruces man

Victim identified


A pedestrian who died as a result of Friday’s hit-and-run crash on north Solano Drive has been identified as 58-year-old Jose Alberto Carillo of Las Cruces.

Traffic investigators learned Carillo was walking across Solano, from west to east, when he was initially struck by a black pickup shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, near the 1400 block of north Solano Drive. Witnesses told police Carillo was then hit by a silver car. Both vehicles were traveling north on Solano and both vehicles fled without stopping.

Late Friday evening, a 78-year-old woman called police to say she was the driver of a silver car, determined to be a Hyundai Elantra, that struck Carillo. On Saturday morning, a 34-year-old man went to the Las Cruces Police Department and told officers he was the driver of a black 2002 GMC pickup involved in the crash.

Traffic investigators interviewed both drivers and obtained warrants to collect evidence from both vehicles. The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.


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William Beerman

Don't know what happened here, but hey police chief, you should do traffic law enforcement before people get killed -- not after. Anyone else hear or see the speeding cars with assault mufflers running all over town day and night? Anyone see drivers getting tickets?

Monday, November 4, 2019