No Charges Recommended For Albuquerque Cop Driving 80 MPH Before Deadly Crash

An Albuquerque Police officer was driving twice the speed limit just seconds before his police cruiser enter an intersection and collided with a family’s car, killing a 6-year-old child, Joel Anthony Suina in April.

Now, investigators are not recommending any charges against Officer Johnathan McDonnell, saying in part, the officer was “authorized to operate his vehicle in an emergency response.”

McDonnell has 6 previous driving disciplinary actions on his record in his 9 years on the force, according to The Albuquerque Journal. They include what appear to be five preventable crashes and one unauthorized pursuit, which occurred less than a year ago.

The mother, 30-year old Antoinette Suina, was also injured in the crash, along with her 9-year old daughter, Ariana, who suffered a pelvis fracture, lung, liver and kidney contusions and a head injury.

McDonnell broke his femur as well as bones in his foot in the crash.

Albuquerque Police Officer Johnathan McDonnell was speeding at a rate of 78 to 80 miles per hour just seconds before the crash in a 40 mph zone.

 

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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