Kirtland Airman Facing Court-Martial in Fatal Car Crash

U.S. Air Force photo/Daniel Blackwell
U.S. Air Force photo/Daniel Blackwell

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — An Air Force airman in New Mexico is facing a military trial next week in connection with a fatal car crash nearly two years ago.

Prosecutors said Airman 1st Class Calvin Cooper is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless driving.

They said Cooper could get a court-martial and prison time if convicted.

Cooper was the only one charged out of four Kirtland Air Force Base airmen involved in the March 21, 2019, crash that resulted in the death of 39-year-old Angelica Baca of Albuquerque.

Authorities said Baca was fatally struck by a car as she crossed a street in southeast Albuquerque.

Cooper allegedly was driving above the speed limit and lost control of his vehicle.

The trial will be held in Kirtland’s courtroom and is scheduled to begin Monday.

Jurisdiction was ceded by the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office to the Air Force to conduct a further investigation and prosecute the case.

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