Santa Teresa man indicted for serving alcohol to Franklin students injured in crash

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The Dona Ana County DA’s office has indicted a Santa Teresa man for allegedly serving alcohol to teenagers before a crash that seriously injured two Franklin High School students.

As KTSM previously reported, Angel Fernando Hernandez, 35, was arrested last month and charged with four counts of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minors, possession of alcoholic beverages by minors, and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police say Hernandez’s house hosted a party on Nov. 17 that reportedly led to a rollover crash that left two students, James McClain-Green and Nathalie Diaz, seriously injured.

The wreck happened when two alleged DWI drivers collided at the intersection of Leeds and Edinburgh at about 10 p.m.

Both drivers, James Furman and Pablo Payan, were arrested for drunk driving.

According to a news release, it’s a felony in New Mexico for adults to provide alcohol to minors who aren’t their own children. 

Young adults ages 18-21 can also be charged with misdemeanor possession of alcohol.

Officials say the state’s Liquor Control Act is in effect to curtail underage drinking and hold adults accountable for hosting and contributing.

“We are working together with the City of Sunland Park and the Sunland Park Police Department to keep our families and neighborhoods safe and to promote policies that support them,” District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said. “The indictments handed down today are the outcome of irresponsible social hosting.”

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