Albuquerque-Metro

2 dead after car crashes into Northeast Albuquerque apartment

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A crash in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights left two people dead after the car they were riding in went airborne and careened into an apartment. 

People who live in the area say they have seen drivers speed down Chelwood Park near Constitution before, but never fast enough to cause a crash like this.

"This street right here -- Chelwood and Constitution...if you're going down Chelwood and you're going south there is a huge dip. You have to slow down if you have a lower vehicle [or] you'll bottom out. If you're going 100 plus mph you're going to get air," said Chris Fisher, neighbor.

According to Albuquerque Police, that is exactly what happened early Sunday morning just before 3:00 a.m.

Police say a 1996 Mustang traveling at high speeds ran a stop, bottomed out twice, then the driver lost control.

The car slid sideways, struck a large landscaping boulder and went airborne.

The Mustang landed in the living room of a nearby apartment.

"Saw a room full of smoke and exhaust and the back end of a car sticking into my living room wall," said Billy Carrol.

Police say three people were ejected from the Mustang.

Cameron Rencehausen and Melanie Trujillo were transported to UNM Hospital.

Rencehausen died shortly after arriving at the hospital, while Trujillo remains in critical condition.

A  second man died at the scene. His name has not been released.

Police say the Mustang vaulted over several parked cars near the apartment, damaging those. 


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