His was one of 5,365 drunken driving crashes in the state that year. In all, nearly 11 percent of all the crashes that occurred in the state in 1992 involved alcohol. That year, 274 people died in alcohol-involved crashes, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. He said he didn’t need to be hospitalized after the accident, but he did have to see a physical therapist for whiplash. And then there was the trauma, the realization that that crash could’ve turned out very differently.
“I got lucky,” Luján says today. “I’m here to tell that story today.”
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