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Family Mourns Sisters; 'Basketball Was Their Life' (Another NM DWI tragedy)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 7, 2010 | Jessica Dyer And Karen Peterson

Posted on 03/07/2010 8:14:33 PM PST by CedarDave

SANTA FE — Ask about teenage sisters Deshauna and Del Lynn Peshlakai, and the conversation repeatedly shifts to basketball.

"They were athletes — the whole family," said the girls' aunt, Virginia Garcia. "They'd played basketball since they were little girls. Their father played; the whole family played. Basketball was their life."

It was basketball that brought Deshauna and Del to Santa Fe on Friday night, where they were killed by a suspected drunken driver in a five-car pileup on Cerrillos Road.

The Peshlakais, who are from the Navajo community of Naschitti, south of Shiprock, were headed home after Newcomb High School's first-round state playoff game at Santa Fe Indian School when police say their Chevrolet sedan was rear-ended by a pickup driven by James Ruiz.

Ruiz, 36, of Albuquerque has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and is being held in the Santa Fe County Jail. Police suspect alcohol was involved.

He has a previous conviction for DWI, according to online court records, and was scheduled to go on trial on the same charge, stemming from a 2008 offense, in Santa Fe Magistrate Court this week.

The girls were riding in the back seat, while their father, David Peshlakai, was driving. David remained in the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center ICU on Saturday night, where he was being treated for a collapsed lung and broken ribs. The girls' mother, Darlene Thomas, was in the passenger seat of the car and was also treated at St. Vincent, Garcia said. ...

One of the girls died at the scene; the other died in the early hours Saturday morning, Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler said.

Deshauna, 17, was a member of the Newcomb team, the youngest in a line of five sisters who had represented the Skyhawks.

(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: dellynn; deshauna; drunkdriving; drunkfriving; dui; dwi
Ruiz was driving so fast that the girl's car was pushed into three other vehicles at the traffic light.

In May 2008 Ruiz was charged with DWI and pleaded not guilty. Court records show Ruiz has a previous DWI conviction in Bernalillo County and an open-container conviction in Sandoval County. In Friday's crash he was driving with a revoked or suspended license and has been charged with that offense also.

Despite progress in DWI legislation, these multiple offenders continue to drink and drive with horrendous consequences for other drivers. The only ones that come out ahead are the DWI defense lawyers who make money off of other peoples pain and suffering.

KOB-TV report: "Accident provokes outrage in communities."

1 posted on 03/07/2010 8:14:33 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

PING! to the NM list.

(please let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)


2 posted on 03/07/2010 8:16:59 PM PST by CedarDave (Hey Mitt, how's that no-apology book tour going? Any other than ivy-tower elites energized yet?)
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To: CedarDave

Prayers for the family & victims.


3 posted on 03/07/2010 8:17:39 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Alcohol/drug/dementia testing & term limits ought to be mandatory for politicians.)
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To: CedarDave

This slime deserves the death penalty.


4 posted on 03/07/2010 8:20:24 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: CedarDave

Illegal alien ???


5 posted on 03/07/2010 8:22:09 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: freeangel

Repeal of the NM death penalty was signed into law by Bill Richardson one year ago this month.


6 posted on 03/07/2010 8:23:14 PM PST by CedarDave (Hey Mitt, how's that no-apology book tour going? Any other than ivy-tower elites energized yet?)
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To: CedarDave

Dems have no sympathy for the innocent. They ALWAYS have compassion for the criminal however.


7 posted on 03/07/2010 8:27:51 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: CedarDave

How horrible for this family. Prayers up for all.


8 posted on 03/07/2010 8:29:13 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: CedarDave

What a tragedy. My heart just aches for that family.

I do not know when our state will learn. I think more than 1 DWI or DUI offense and it’s jail for a long time. I don’t know what else there is to do. This guy already lost his license. I guess they could force people like this guy to take that drug that makes you vomit if you drink ~ besides jail or that I don’t know if there’s another way to stop someone that continues to drink and drive...


9 posted on 03/07/2010 8:34:36 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: Allegra; leapfrog0202

Pictures of these young woman at the link.

http://www.koat.com/video/22769811/index.html


10 posted on 03/07/2010 8:40:42 PM PST by CedarDave (Hey Mitt, how's that no-apology book tour going? Any other than ivy-tower elites energized yet?)
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To: CedarDave

And I guess it was to protect all those poor “immigrants” from meeting an end they deserve?


11 posted on 03/07/2010 8:45:09 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: CedarDave

Thank you Dave. I’m glad the coach from the Santa Fe Indian School went to help the family. Those girls had a bright future ahead of them and thanks to Ruiz not getting help for his addiction and feeling it was okay to flaunt the law and drive without a license, that future has been cut short.


12 posted on 03/07/2010 8:48:04 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: freeangel

Death penalty should never have been repealed, but Richardson knew he was going to be shaking off the NM dust soon and he just did what he wanted.

Obviously though, the death penalty has never been used much in NM ~ if I recall correctly, at the time it was repealed, we only had 2 criminals on death row.


13 posted on 03/07/2010 8:50:26 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: CedarDave

Heartbreaking story...


14 posted on 03/07/2010 8:51:49 PM PST by csense
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To: Tennessee Nana

I remember reading that Hispanic drivers in my home state are something like 3.8 as likely as other drivers to get cited for driving drunk. I’m sure those stats extend nationwide.


15 posted on 03/07/2010 9:08:31 PM PST by DemonDeac
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“I remember reading that Hispanic drivers in my home state are something like 3.8 as likely as other drivers to get cited for driving drunk.”

It’s a Macho Cultural thing with them. It’s that way down in Mexico itself and has been for a long time.


16 posted on 03/07/2010 9:15:56 PM PST by EEDUDE
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To: CedarDave

Sad. RIP.


17 posted on 03/07/2010 9:30:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: CedarDave

Santa Fe Police said a man with a history of reckless and drunk driving is to blame for a five vehicle pile-up that left two women dead.

Police said James Ruiz, 34, was driving the truck but he shouldn’t have been. Police charged Ruiz with driving on a revoked or suspended license. By Saturday morning police tacked on two counts of vehicular homicide.

Ruiz is in custody, charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving while his license was suspended or revoked. According to online court records, Ruiz has multiple DWI offenses and spent 60 days in a rehabilitation program in California in 2008. Jury selection was set to begin Wednesday in a 2008 drunken-driving case.

18 posted on 03/07/2010 9:46:59 PM PST by kcvl
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To: EEDUDE; DemonDeac

I think the mahcho thing, but also just as American indian’s seem to have a real problem with alcohol if they drink, Hispanics seem to have the same problem and most of them have Indian blood... I don’t excuse this, have no use for anyone who drinks and drives much less over and over again, but I am intrigued about whether there is a gene that makes Indian’s predisposed to alcohol abuse.


19 posted on 03/07/2010 9:56:09 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: CedarDave

The family should sue the state as an accessory to murder.


20 posted on 03/08/2010 3:01:17 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
I don’t excuse this, have no use for anyone who drinks and drives much less over and over again, but I am intrigued about whether there is a gene that makes Indian’s predisposed to alcohol abuse.

I'm sure there is something in their genes. Gallup and Farmington NM are two locations where alcoholism among native-Americans is rampant. Gallup has taken steps to close liquor stores and stop cheap wine from being sold to the Navajo's. There are several RR related deaths each year there where they are either struck while crossing or pass out on the mainline BNSF tracks.

21 posted on 03/08/2010 6:31:57 AM PST by CedarDave (Hey Mitt, how's that no-apology book tour going? Any other than ivy-tower elites energized yet?)
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To: CedarDave

If they’re looking for some way to use the stimulus money to employ people, they could use it to hire the unemployed residents of Farminton and a few other cities my wife and I drove through last October to pick up all the damn litter on the streets. We couldn’t believe all the trash lying by the roadside as we passed through Farmington.


22 posted on 03/08/2010 8:11:44 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: driftless2

I’ve always thought of NM as the “land of litter.”


23 posted on 03/08/2010 8:34:09 AM PST by CedarDave (Hey Mitt, how's that no-apology book tour going? Any other than ivy-tower elites energized yet?)
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I’ve always thought of NM as the “land of litter.”

When my dad came to visit one of the first things he commented on was all the trash (Rio Rancho). I told him we pick up our property, but with the way the wind blows, it's a real pain to keep up with. We don't even bother with the roads or properties (empty) near us. It just isn't worth it.

24 posted on 03/08/2010 9:45:14 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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