A grand jury in New Mexico has indicted a man accused in a DWI crash that recently killed another driver. Dylan Loretto is accused of crossing over the center lane of Highway 550 due to impairment, resulting in a fatal head-on collision with a Subaru.

The Subaru’s driver, Cody Muchmore, died on the scene. Muchmore’s girlfriend, Elizebath Bailey, was in the passenger seat and survived but suffered severe injuries. Loretto was indicted on charges of vehicular homicide for Muchmore’s death and great bodily harm by vehicle for Bailey’s injuries.

Sole Survivor Improving

The young New Mexico couple were on their way to begin a new life together when the wrong-way driver hit them. Bailey, who was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash, has suffered immense trauma. She is damaged both physically from her injuries and emotionally from the pain of losing her loving boyfriend.

“They were on their way to a realtor’s office so they could sell his house because they were moving in together,” said McKenzie Bailey, Elizabeth’s sister. 

New Mexico State Police say the crash happened at 8:00 a.m. on November 14th, 2021, on Highway 550. 

“They explained to her that Cody had passed when they got on the scene. She had to be sedated because she was so upset,” said McKenzie Bailey.

Mackenzie Bailey said her sister has already undergone a couple of surgeries because of the extensive injuries she suffered from the crash. Bailey is doing better and improving each day, but it is unclear at this time what the long-term effects of her injuries will be.

When Tragedy Strikes

Drunk driving accidents have a devastating impact on the victims and families. Families may find themselves having to shoulder substantial medical bills. The surviving persons may no longer be able to work, further adding stress to an already challenging situation.

Victims of drunk drivers have the right to seek justice for their injuries and losses. A skilled lawyer in New Mexico can assist these individuals in pursuing those responsible for their accident.

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If someone you love has passed away or suffered injuries from a drunk driver, a qualified attorney can help you recover damages. The days following a fatal crash are painful and confusing, and it may seem impossible to move forward, but with the right person, your burden does not have to be yours alone. 

At The Law Office of Brian K Branch, we have worked on countless drunk driving cases, and we understand a family’s grief in the aftermath of an accident. We are grateful to be able to help those who deserve it most. Reach out today to book a consultation at our office in Albuquerque.



The Law Office of Brian K Branch


715 Marquette Ave. NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

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