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Santa Fe family receiving donations after mobile home destroyed in crash

April 3, 2019

Donations are coming in for a Santa Fe family whose mobile home was destroyed last week in a suspected drunken-driving crash.

Joshua Carmona, his wife and four children escaped serious injury when a man in a pickup fleeing sheriff’s deputies plowed into their home Thursday night at the Lone Star Mobile Home Park on Agua Fría Road. This occurred as the park’s residents had gone a full week without water because of a ruptured storage tank on the property’s well system.

The truck hit a natural gas meter, knocking out gas service for the park as well.

Water and gas service were restored over the weekend, according to the Drinking Water Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Gas Co.

The crash left the Carmona family shaken; Joshua Carmona took his children to a local hospital to make sure they were not suffering serious injuries. So far, he said Tuesday, “We’re doing really fine.”

But they don’t plan to return to Lone Star.

“I don’t think we’re going to stay there anymore,” Carmona said. “We’re looking for something else. It’s not good for the kids, and it’s not good for me as a father.”

The family has been staying at a local hotel while searching for a permanent home.

An online GoFundMe campaign for the Carmonas had raised more than $4,300 by Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Carmona said people also have been donating clothes, shoes and food, and that Santa Fe Public Schools has been providing transportation for the children — ages 12, 9, 6 and 5 — to and from school.

According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which provided assistance to the mobile home park’s residents after their gas service was shut off, 19-year-old Miguel Garcia of Santa Fe fled deputies who saw his pickup swerving on Agua Fría around 11 p.m. Thursday.

The truck ran a red light, struck another pickup on Agua Fría and then careened of the road, hitting the Carmonas’ mobile home, the sheriff’s office said.

Garcia was charged with aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, aggravated drunken driving, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.