LINCOLN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - Police say alcohol and speed were both factors in a crash that killed a 5-year-old and left a mother in critical condition Friday.
On Friday officers responded to a Lincoln County crash off US285 near mile marker 176.
Initial investigations determined that Delara and her two daughters – Jolysa Cerezo, 5, and Deveney Cerezo, 3, were traveling northbound on US 285 when Delara drifted off the roadway into the center dirt median. Delara apparently overcorrected abruptly causing her car to roll several times.
Five-year-old Jolysa was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to her injuries while en route to the hospital. The younger child was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Delara had to be extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to UNMH – where she is currently listed in critical condition.
NMSP say alcohol and speed were both factors in the crash and while Delara was wearing a seatbelt it appears that the two young children were not properly restrained.
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