ALAMOSA — This weekend marks a tragic anniversary for three Alamosa families whose daughters were killed by a drunk driver in Pueblo.
On April 28, 2012, a vehicle driven by Pueblo resident Gilbert Sanchez, 37, crashed into a car driven by Alamosa High School senior Anisa Montoya, 18, as she and her two passengers, Serina Sena and Selena Mascarenas, both 14, were leaving a church event. All three Alamosa teens were killed.
In the months following the crash, families would mark a high school graduation, birthdays and holidays without their girls. This weekend marks another tragic anniversary.
The daughter of Martin and Nicole Montoya, Anisa would have graduated on May 26, a month after the fatal crash. She was class president of the 2012 Alamosa High School class. A wish to have Tim Tebow speak for her class came true posthumously when the football player sent a videotaped message to the class in her honor.
The daughter of Tanya and Moses Martinez, Serina was an eighth grader at Sangre de Cristo School but had previously attended Alamosa schools. She enjoyed church events and loved to sing and read.
The daughter of Clemente Mascarenas and Lynn Gutierrez, Selena was an eighth grader at Ortega Middle School. She enjoyed attending church functions and collecting big stuffed animals. She would have turned 15 earlier this month on April 4.
Sanchez admitted to drinking the night of the three girls’ deaths and pleaded guilty last month to three counts of vehicular homicide-DUI, one for each of the three teens he killed when his vehicle ran a red light and crashed into their car.
Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, May 17 and could face as much as 68 years in prison if sentenced at the high end of the presumptive, or normal, range for each count and if the sentences run consecutively, one after the other.