Posted on Feb 24, 2023

News: 17-year-old arrested in Las Cruces crash that killed passenger

LAS CRUCES, NM - A teenage driver is under arrest in connection with a fatal accident in Las Cruces this week, police said.

According to the Las Cruces Sun News, the crash happened Tuesday night at the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Espina Street just before 10:30 p.m.  Responding police officers found that a 2013 Hyundai Sonata had been involved in a collision with a 2006 Dodge Ram.

A passenger in the sedan, identified as 21-year-old Amanda Jean Murillo Gallegos, was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital in Las Cruces.  Another passenger was transported to an El Paso Hospital with undisclosed injuries.  The 17-year-old driver of the sedan, who was not hurt, allegedly left the scene on foot before turning himself in shortly afterward.

The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and knowingly leaving the crash scene.  Police said the driver indicated he was racing another vehicle on Lohman Avenue prior to the wreck, our Albuquerque car accident attorney adds. 


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