Farmington drunk driver connected to another case

Posted at: 10/26/2012 5:19 PM
By: Staff

Farmington police say a driver accused of killing a pedestrian this week was also responsible for the 2004 drunk driving death of an Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent.

Police said Joe Raymond Gallegos was on drugs when he hit and killed 32-year-old Delandra Pioche Wednesday in Farmington.

They said he fled the scene and went to a nearby mobile home to get rid of heroin and cocaine.

Gallegos was convicted of driving drunk and crashing his car in 2004.

Then APS superintendent Joseph Vigil and Vigil's half brother Manuel Ruiz were both passengers in his car. They both died in the incident.