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Los Chavez, New Mexico’s Sergio Almanza arrested 6 weeks after Pronoy Bhattacharya’s death

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Sergio Almanza, 27, of Los Chavez, Valencia County, New Mexico, United States has been arrested. He was charged with homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and tampering with evidence.

On December 12, 2021, Almanza drank at a bar in Nob Hill, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Later that day, he allegedly drove an illegal off-road vehicle, ran through the red light at Central Avenue and Tingley Drive in Albuquerque, ran into a crowd and fatally hit Pronoy Bhattacharya, 7.

During the accident, Bhattacharya was with his family and they were using a crosswalk after attending the River of Lights show at the Albuquerque Biological Park in Albuquerque. His father Aditya Bhattacharya was also hit but he survived and was sent to the hospital.

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Almanza fled the scene. He was not in his Los Chavez residence when police went there and recovered the off-road vehicle involved in the accident that killed Bhattacharya.

On December 13, 2021, an arrest warrant was issued for Almanza. On January 31, 2022, he surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service-Southwest Investigative Task Force in Columbus, New Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Albuquerque Police Department arrested the Los Chavez resident. He hid in Mexico before turning himself in, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

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Pronoy attended Montessori ONE Academy in Albuquerque. He was a second grade student of Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School in Albuquerque when he died.

Both of Pronoy’s parents work in Albuquerque. His mother is a Presbyterian Hospital doctor while his father is a Pitney Bowes engineer.

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