LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Eight young people were ejected from a car as it rolled on Interstate 25 early Saturday morning. Two died, and the rest were taken to hospitals.
New Mexico State Police reported the crash happened around 2 a.m. about six miles south of Las Vegas near Tecolote.
The first officer on the scene reported a silver Infiniti sedan on its roof in the media with all the victims except the driver on the scene and needing immediate medical help.
The driver, Wayne Lovato, 17, of Las Vegas, was later located at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas after being taken there by a relative, according to information State Police released Saturday afternoon. He remains in the hospital with serious injuries.
Killed in the crash were Kayla Martinez, 14, of Las Vegas, and Aleandra Sanchez, 12, of Villanueva, police said.
Lovato has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated DWI, reckless driver, failure to render aid and great bodily harm be vehicle. Police said he will be booked into a juvenile detention center when he's released from the hospital.
The others injured were:
Rubio Reyes, 21, Las Vegas, in critical condition at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe.
Briana Sanchez, 13, Las Vegas, in serious condition at an Albuquerque hospital.
Kayla Esquibel, 17, Alexandria de la O, 22, and Joseph Martinez, 21, all of Las Vegas, taken to the Las Vegas hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
Investigators said speed, reckless driving and alcohol all contributed to the crash.
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