Victim's family offering reward

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By David Giuliani

The family of Mariah Arguello, the Las Vegas native killed by a drunken driver, wants to know more about the driver’s activities the night of the accident.

Mariah Arguello, 18, was headed east on Interstate 25 near San Juan when Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe crossed over and hit Arguello’s car head on late the night of April 23. Both died in the crash.

A bottle of beer was found in Jaramillo’s car.

The family is seeking information identifying the people or liquor establishments who sold, served or otherwise provided alcohol to Jaramillo that night.

State toxicology results show that Jaramillo had a blood-alcohol level of .44 at the time of the crash, more than five times the legal limit.

Albuquerque attorney Robert Ortiz, who is representing Arguello’s family, said they want to find out which establishment provided Jaramillo with alcohol, then they want to give it an opportunity for an explanation.

“If they don’t have a good explanation, we may have to go a different route,” Ortiz said.

He declined to say whether that meant the family would file a lawsuit.

Peter Olson, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, confirmed Monday that his agency is still looking at where Jaramillo may have received his alcohol. Olson said the department is investigating several places, but he wouldn’t name them.

The reward will be paid anonymously through the law firm of Will Ferguson & Associates. Call 1-800-251-5566 or (505) 980-7683 and identify yourself as “Cecilio Jaramillo Information.”

Arguello was a 2009 graduate of West Las Vegas High School and was a cheerleader.