I-80 shooting victim was pregnant
The investigation into last week’s apparent murder-suicide of a Reno couple revealed that the female victim was pregnant, and that 25 grams of suspected drugs found in their vehicle appears to be methamphetamine.
The Associated Press reported that Araceli Gallegos, 22, was pregnant when, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, she was apparently shot several times Friday afternoon by her husband, Robert Gallegos, 27.
The shootings reportedly occurred as the couple and their 6-year-old son, Christopher, were traveling west on Interstate 80 near Truckee.
Their 1987 Buick sedan crashed through a guard rail across the eastbound lanes and struck a tree, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The California Highway Patrol initially thought the couple had died in the crash, until a Nevada County pathologist found both had gunshot wounds to the head.
Autopsies later showed Araceli Gallegos suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and Robert Gallegos’ head had a single gunshot wound, the Sheriff’s Department said.
A follow-up search of their vehicle found a handgun and several spent shells.
Christopher Gallegos was treated for a broken leg at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee and released to an uncle Tuesday, the CHP said.
Based on people who knew the couple and witnesses who saw the couple just prior to the crash, the Sheriff’s Department said the Gallegoses had been arguing.
Sheriff Keith Royal said preliminary analysis showed the substance found in the car was methamphetamine.
He said it will be sent to the state Department of Justice for final tests.
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