TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Taos County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a crash that killed a high school student and left several others injured early Sunday morning. Officials say it happened after a homecoming party and all people injured are Taos High School students.
Deputies say around 1:40 a.m. Sunday they responded to a crash near Los Cordovas. When deputies arrived they found a Jeep that was flipped. They say there were seven juveniles involved in the crash. Three people were airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital with critical injuries. Three others were taken to Holy Cross Hospital. One female was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say it appears that seat-belts were not worn and that speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.
Officials say the crash happened in the area where a homecoming after-party was being held. 18-year-old Haley Martinez allegedly hosted the party and is now facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The identity of those involved in the crash have not been released.
In an email, Taos High School (THS) Principal CJ Grace wrote to parents and staff:
“I am sorry to be emailing you with devastating news. There was a car accident last night involving seven THS students with one fatality and the other students are in grave condition.”
Email from Principal Grace, according to Taos News