Woman who killed bicyclist in 2010 arrested for DUI

Posted at: 05/19/2013 10:54 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque woman sentenced in the death of a bicyclist in 2010 was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Albuquerque police stopped Miranda Pacheco near Broadway and Avenida Cesar Chavez at 1:40 a.m.

A criminal complaint says police arrested Pacheco early Sunday morning for aggravated driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, no proof of insurance and no registration on demand.

Police say the 28-year-old ran three red lights near 2nd Street, drove into oncoming traffic and almost hit a curb.

Pacheco told police she two beers and took Clonazepam, an antipsychotic medication, before getting behind the wheel.

The wife of David Anderson who was hit and killed in 2010 can hardly believe the woman responsible for his death is in trouble with the law yet again.

“Can you imagine? You take someone's life and you don't learn from it," questioned Sherry Anderson on Pacheco’s arrest. “You come to this point in the criminal justice system where you say, ‘you know what? We've done everything we can and enough is enough.”

Sherry and David Anderson were on their bicycles on a bike path along Paseo del Norte in 2010, when Miranda Pacheco swerved and hit David, killing him.

The trial against Pacheco ended with the maximum sentence of 90 days in jail for careless driving.

In court, Pacheco gave a tearful apology to the Anderson family.

“I can only pray that someday you will find it in your hearts to forgive me because I will never be able to forgive myself. I am so so so sorry," said Pacheco in October.

Anderson says her faith allowed her to forgive Pacheco, but she knew time would be the judge.

“If she meant it, then she'll stay out of trouble, she'll turn her life around. If she doesn't, she'll get into trouble again. And that's what's happened here," she said.

Anderson wants Pacheco back behind bars for a lot longer.

“I’m greatly saddened, I'm greatly relieved, but I'm also greatly determined that the criminal justice system now needs to step up, where I don't believe they have completely in the past, and hold her accountable for this," said Anderson.

Anderson says she will be there when Pacheco appears in court.