Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Family May Sue Police Over Crash.

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

Man Died After Cruiser, Pickup Collided in Sept.

The family of a man who died in a car crash with an on-duty Rio Rancho police officer has filed an intent to sue notice with the city, according to their attorney.

Las Cruces attorney Manuel Arrieta said Friday he is mulling a wrongful death lawsuit against the city because the officer may have been speeding at the time of the crash.

Abe Contreras, 23, of Albuquerque, was attempting a left-hand turn onto Cherry Road while he was headed north on Unser Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 when he was struck by a car being driven by Rio Rancho police officer Ray Alderete, the officer has said. …

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