Accused drunk driver goes before a judge; Boy, 2, remains in hospital | News
Mariano Salaz Jr.
The man accused in a drunk driving crash that seriously injured a toddler has already bonded out of jail.
Mariano Salaz Jr., 20, made his first appearance in front of a judge Monday.
According to Albuquerque police, Salaz's blood alcohol level was at least twice the legal limit Saturday when he hit two vehicles and a police cruiser on Coors Boulevard near Quail Road in northwest Albuquerque.
A two-year-old boy was in the first car that was hit. He suffered a broken neck and brain injuries and currently remains in the hospital.
The boy's father, Jonathon Griego, was not happy that the judge set Salaz's bond at just $55,000. He said is son, Vicente, is doing better but the family does not know what to expect.
"It hurts me because I don't know whether he is going to make it or not," Griego said through tears. "They say he's doing good now but there's no real answers right now."
Police said a driver in another car Salaz hit suffered a broken arm.