Blood test clears driver in fatality

CNJ staff

Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the November death of a Clovis toddler killed when he was backed over by a neighbor’s van, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said on Wednesday.

Martin Molina Saldana, 30, was backing out of his driveway and ran over 1-year-old Alan Loya-Moreno on Nov. 6, officials said. The accident happened in front of Saldana’s home at 520 W. Fourth St..

The baby died at a nearby hospital. His mother, Delta Loya-Moreno, said she was taking out her trash at the time of the accident.

Saldana was administered a blood test for intoxication after the incident, and the results were released by police Wednesday.

“Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor and charges are not anticipated at this time,” Schoeffel wrote in an e-mail to the Clovis News Journal.

According to the police incident report, Saldana told police he consumed alcohol, but the report did not say the amount of alcohol or when it was allegedly consumed.

Saldana was given a field-sobriety test at the hospital where he had driven the child and his mother after the incident.

Schoeffel wouldn’t comment at the time if Saldana passed the field test.

The police report indicated “pedestrian error” as the only “apparent contributing factor” for the child’s injuries and death.

In November, Saldana said the baby’s mother didn’t blame him for the child’s death.

“She knew it was an accident,” he said.

Neither Saldana nor Delta Loya-Moreno could be reached for comment on Wednesday.