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Family calls for justice after two motorcyclists killed by suspected drunk driver

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Three young children lost their mother after she was killed by a drunk driver in Pueblo.

41-year-old Racheal Gallegos and 54-year-old Frank Chavez were both on motorcycles and hit by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday. The Pueblo Police Department says the suspect ran a red light at the intersection of Northern Ave. and Orman Ave. at 4:30 p.m.

Photo of Racheal Gallegos provided by her cousin Carmen Gallegos

Authorities say Gallegos died at the scene. Chavez and two other victims were taken to the hospital. Police say Chavez died from his injuries there.

Photo of Frank Chavez provided by Roberto Córdova

“She loved her kids with all of her heart, she was the best mom ever,” says Carmen Gallegos the cousin of Racheal, “We’re going to miss her smile, her beauty, and her laugh.” Carmen telling us Racheal was set to be married soon to her fiancé who was also seriously injured in the crash.

The suspect in this crash, identified as 28-year-old Alisha Herrerra, was arrested and is charged with two counts of Vehicular Homicide.

"Our family wants justice," Gallegos says. "They don't feel it's a mistake, we felt it was a choice."

While the families of Racheal and Frank begin to mourn their deaths, another motorcyclist was recently laid to rest following another accident involving an intoxicated driver.

Last week, families and friends held the funeral of 48-year-old Darrell Pagels. He hit by a drunk driver in an SUV on May 21, that driver fled the scene but was eventually caught and faces vehicular homicide charges.

Photo of Darrell Pagels

Sergent Michael Sincerbox with the traffic division of the Pueblo Police Department says they are seeing more these fatal crashes in Pueblo, "It generally happens this time of year due to nicer weather people getting out and about."

For these latest fatal crashes, he says they were caused by the drivers of the vehicles. That those on motorcycles were obeying traffic law.

Police and those who knew these victims now pleading for more awareness and asking not only drivers to pay more attention but for the city to play a role as well.

Chase Golightly

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  1. “Our family wants justice,” Gallegos says. “They don’t feel it’s a mistake, we felt it was a choice.”
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    Absolutely right. And at least one of those choices for repeat offenders needs to be removed permanently. And taking away the license to drive doesn’t work, because they’ll simply choose to drive without one. So they need to be removed from society in such a way that they no longer have that choice.

    1. if they can put an alcohol monitor in a car they should be able to fit one with a reader that wont allow an engine to start unless valid drivers license is inserted. simple shit guys.

      1. So they borrow a car from someone else, or steal one. Monitors protect a car (to some extent) but only provide a small inconvenience to a drunk driver, until he finds some other alternative. This is similar to the gun arguments. It’s the person behind the wheel that’s the problem, not the car itself.

  2. are now pleading… “for the city to play a role as well.”

    What does the city have to do with people’s personal choices? Texting while driving, drinking while driving, running red lights, etc., are already illegal and are frankly valueless laws with respect to PREVENTING accidents. And I somehow doubt that anyone would even choose to live in Pueblo if the council abolished cell phones and liquor/drug sales.

  3. So your drunk at a bar and want to leave. You pay it talk someone into blowing into the device for you, happens all the time.

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