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February 20, 2013
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Valley woman had green light in fatal New Mexico crash

The sister of a former Gardnerville woman killed in a New Mexico accident had a green light, according to preliminary findings issued Wednesday.

Lindsay Browder, 19, was driving a Honda sport utility vehicle early Feb. 10 when an Albuquerque Police sergeant hit the passenger's side where her sister, Ashley, was sitting. Ashley Browder, an airman 1st class in the Nevada Air National Guard, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lindsay received a broken hip and fractured spine in the early morning accident.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department issued a statement of preliminary findings in the accident on Wednesday morning.

Albuquerque Police Sgt. Adam Casaus told investigators at the time of the accident that he was trying to catch up to a possible drunk driver when the accident occurred 1 a.m. Feb. 10.

According to the sheriff's investigation there's no corroboration to confirm Casaus' story.

Casaus said that he entered the intersection against a red light. That information was confirmed in the investigation.

While Casaus' emergency lights were on, his siren was not. The sheriff's department has obtained a search warrant for the crash data recorders for both vehicles and that information is being reviewed.

"There was no indication of impairment for either driver," officials said. "Based on that observation, no chemical testing was performed on either driver."

The complete investigation is expected to last 3-4 weeks and will be turned over to the district attorney's office to see if any charges are warranted.

Both Browders are Douglas High School graduates, Ashley in 2009 and Lindsay in 2012.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 20, 2013 07:33PM Published Feb 20, 2013 07:32PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.