In a world where there is no right or wrong, just technicalities, Mr. Fierro’s lawyers are contending that his drunkenness was not a contributing factor — that some streetlights were out and that the victim, who was only somewhat less inebriated than Mr. Fierro, was wearing black.
Complicating matters, both Mr. Fierro and Mr. Tenorio had been at a bar that evening called Willee’s Blues Club. So had the eyewitnesses, though we have no way of knowing their blood alcohol counts. Two years ago I described a discussion I heard one morning on KBAC radio in which the owner of Willee’s was complaining about police officers lurking outside his club to apprehend potential drunk drivers. The “Orwellian” surveillance was bad for business, he said, and an impediment to a vibrant Santa Fe night life. The gestapo must not have been on duty when Carlos Fierro stumbled into his car and managed to start the ignition. Otherwise William Tenorio might not have died, at least not on that particular night.