New Mexico Surgeon Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Drunk Driving Accident

New Mexico Surgeon Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Drunk Driving AccidentOn Tuesday, January 3, a surgeon from Santa Fe, New Mexico, pleaded not guilty at her first court appearance since being arrested for vehicular homicide after allegedly operating her vehicle under the influence and causing a fatal crash.

Deborah Aaron, a former Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center surgeon, told one officer that she had drank some wine prior to the accident, and an ensuing breath test confirmed her blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Police say she also failed a field sobriety test, and that she had bloodshot, watery eyes, which was enough cause for arrest on the night of the accident. However police are still unable to provide details of how the wreck occurred, and say the investigation is ongoing.

Officials have pieced together that Aaron was traveling south on St. Francis St. while Vaquez Rivera, whose child was killed in the accident, was driving eastbound on Siringo Road. Aaron then allegedly T-boned Rivera’s minivan at about 11 p.m. on Friday, December 30.

Authorities have not released any further information regarding whether either driver was speeding when the accident occurred, or if a red light was run.

“Police are still investigating a number of different contributing factors, to include which driver had the right of way,” said Santa Fe Police Captain Aric Wheeler.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the 56-year-old doctor now faces up to six years in prison, however she was released to her family until the trial began.

Aaron stated she is currently on the antidepressant Lexapro, had consumed two glasses of wine between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the night of the accident, then fell asleep until she went to pick up a friend at the airport.

Police are still interviewing witnesses to determine the exact cause of the crash.