Restaurant group changes alcohol policy after fatal accidents
A restaurant group in New Mexico has changed its alcohol serving policy after being linked to two fatal cases in which Indian people were killed by drunken drivers.

In March, Deshauna Peshlakai , 17, and Del Lynn Peshlakai, 19, two sisters from the Navajo Nation, were killed in Santa Fe when their vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup. The driver, James Ruiz, was reportedly drinking at the Blue Corn Café and Brewery before the accident and his blood alcohol level was reportedly three times the legal limit.

In November 2008, William Tenorio of San Felipe Pueblo was struck and killed in downtown Santa Fe. The driver, Carlos Fierro, admitted he had been drinking at the Rio Chama Steakhouse, which is part of the same restaurant group as Blue Corn.

Santa Fe Dining now says it will limit patrons who aren't eating to three drinks. Patrons who are eating will be limited to four drinks.

Blue Corn and one of its servers are being cited in connection with the Ruiz case. Rio Chama did not face citations in the Fierro case.

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Blue Corn To Be Cited in Crash (The Albuquerque Journal 6/28)

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