Albuquerque residents are mourning the loss of a 6-year-old boy after a police officer crashed his cruiser into another car.
According to the initial report, Officer Johnathan McDonnell was traveling about 40 mph over the speed limit just before the crash. Police say McDonnell was riding with his sirens and rotating lights on to warn drivers. However, Antoinette Suina who was driving the SUV, says she didn’t see any lights or hear any sirens. Suina didn’t move her vehicle in time and the officer smashed into the back of the SUV.
As a result of the crash, the 6-year-old boy in the car was severely injured and unresponsive. Suina and her 9-year-old daughter who was also in the car both sustained major injuries and had to be taken to be transported to the hospital in critical condition. The 6-year-old boy was also taken to the hospital in critical condition and once there he was placed on life support. Sadly, the young boy couldn’t hold on and passed in the hospital.
Officer McDonnell sustained a broken femur, foot, and at least two other bones as a result of the crash. However, he was not charged for his involvement in the crash. After a long investigation, the officer was cleared of criminal charges last Monday. Prosecutors didn’t believe either driver deserved to be charged and called the incident unfortunate. Although the criminal proceedings are done, the Suina family may file a civil suit against the officer. We will provide updates as information is released.
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