Trial continues for Pueblo leader's hit and run case
Testimony continued in the trial of a leader of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico who is accused in a fatal hit and run on the reservation.

Lt. Governor Linda Diaz, 52, is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and failing to render aid. Federal prosecutors say she struck and killed Phillip Espinoza, 31, and waited more than a day to come forward about her involvement.

Diaz's sister, Kathy Fierro, testified that she had been out with her sister and other friends and relatives for several hours before the accident in the early morning hours of April 4, 2009. Fierro said she didn't think her sister was involved even though Diaz called her and suggested that she had hit something on the drive home.

Fierro testified that assumed her sister took a back road home, rather than drive on the busy highway that runs through the reservation. She had heard about a body that was found along the highway but didn't connect her sister to the incident.

Diaz's trial is taking place in federal court in Albuquerque, about 80 miles from the reservation.

Get the Story:
Witness: Emotional Diaz unsure of collision (The Santa Fe New Mexican 2/18)
Sister Testifies About Call (The Albuquerque Journal 2/18)

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