Oscar Anchondo, the man who allegedly hit and killed a Gadsden High School baseball player on Wednesday, told investigators he had used meth the night before and stated he fell asleep at the time of the accident.
Anchondo, 21, is facing vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Adalberto “Beto” Romero. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office said Romero was getting into his car to go to school on Wednesday when he was hit and killed. The accident happened at Aero Lane and Pico
A complaint affidavit filed at the Magistrate Court said a Dona Ana County Sergeant found Anchondo and a woman pushing the suspected vehicle into the driveway before placing him under arrest.
Anchondo told the sergeant that “he fell asleep and hit a car and did not remember hitting a kid,” the affidavit said. Later when he was being checked by medics, Anchondo said he used “meth” the night before the accident.
Anchondo then “switched up” his story, the affidavit said. First, he said he did sleep and then later said he did not sleep and that is why he was falling asleep while driving.
A witness at the scene told deputies that he saw a light brown SUV that Anchondo was allegedly driving hit and drag Romero on Aero Lane.
On Thursday, Anchondo faced a judge at the Dona Ana County Magistrate Court over video.
The prosecutor filed a motion for pre-trial detention. The case will now go to the District Court where a judge will hear evidence on why Anchondo should not be released on bond. The hearing must be set within the next five days.
This is the second time Anchondo has been charged with vehicular homicide. In 2017, Anchondo was accused of driving under the influence and crashing a car, ejecting his two passengers. One of those passengers, 21-year-old Victor Chavez, died.
The prosecutor in the case dropped all charges.
“I wasn’t with the office at that time but going back and looking as to what did happen, is that it was dismissed without prejudice which means that if we were able to get enough evidence now then we could re-file it but it was dropped because at that point in time we didn’t have enough evidence to support going to trial on those charges,” said Senior Prosecutor Debora Gerads.