Investigators release fatal APD crash report

Posted at: 03/28/2013 3:36 PM
Updated at: 03/28/2013 8:39 PM
By: staff

Photo: Ashely Browder
Photo: Ashely Browder

An investigation and witness testimony obtained by KOB Eyewitness News 4 into the Albuquerque police officer- involved crash that killed a young Air National Guard member last month paints a grim picture of what may have happened that night.

Sgt. Adam Casaus told Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department investigators that he dropped off a cup of coffee for his wife, who works as a dispatcher, after his shift before he went home that morning. But, on his way home he said he encountered an erratic driver which he then pursued, ran a red light and crashed into the car carrying Lindsey Browder and her sister, Ashley Browder, who was killed in the accident.

Lindsey Browder was transported to UNM Hospital with a fractured spine and broken hip.

Witness testimony, however, contradicts Casaus’ story painting a different picture. According to the testimony of two witnesses, there was no such erratic driver, and the officer turned on his lights without a siren only prior to entering the intersection.

The investigation has been turned over the Bernalillo District Attorney’s Office for further review.

Casaus faces vehicular homicide (reckless) and great bodily injury by vehicle (reckless) charges for the car crash death of Browder and injuries sustained by her sister.

Casaus, who was on placed administrative duties, was placed on administrative leave earlier this week.