Las Cruces Man Sentenced In DWI Crash That Killed His Son

Las Cruces – A Las Cruces father will spend nine years in prison followed by probation for a drunken driving crash that killed his infant son.

Twenty-three-year-old Juan Michael Benavidez is already serving time for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

Authorities say his 13-month-old son died July 26, 2010 from massive head injuries after being partially ejected from an open window in Benavidez's car.

Investigators believe that had the infant been properly secured, he probably would have lived.

At the crash scene, officers found three broken beer bottles outside the car and two unopened bottles inside.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Benavidez was also convicted of negligent child abuse, aggravated drunken driving, reckless driving and driving without a license.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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