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One priest killed, another injured in Albuquerque car crash

May 23, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One priest was killed and another injured after the car they were in was struck by a speeding vehicle that may have been racing, authorities in Albuquerque said Sunday.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials said 35-year-old Rev. Graham Golden died in the crash and 24-year-old Brother Lorenzo Romero was hurt but expected to recover.

Abbot Joel Garner told Albuquerque TV station KOB that the two priests were on the way to a restaurant when the crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. Friday as Golden’s car was pulling out of the Santa María de la Vid Abbey.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies the suspect vehicle was speeding and possibly racing another car, which swerved to avoid the crash and sped off.

Authorities said nobody in the vehicle that crashed into the two priests was injured or arrested, although the investigation is ongoing and deputies are searching for the vehicle that left the scene.

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Garner said Golden, an Albuquerque native, graduated from the University of New Mexico and joined the Norbertine community 12 years ago and was ordained a priest five years ago.

Golden was formerly a pastor at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church and later at St. Augustine Church at Isleta Pueblo.