Community mourns high schooler killed in crash; driver arrested

New Mexico

Deputies have arrested the driver accused of hitting and killing a high schooler during a road rage incident. 

Deputies say 16-yaer-old Adalberto Romero, a Gadsden High School student, was getting in his car for school outside his Berino home when a speeding car hit and killed him. 

They believe that driver was attempting to run another car off the road at the time. Deputies believe that driver is 21-year-old Oscar Anchondo. He fled the scene Wednesday but was later arrested for vehicular homicide. 

Neighbors say the area where it happened is full of kids. 

“They’re always outside. There’s a bunch of kids outside, like you can see right now they’re coming out  of school,” neighbor Adrian Munoz said. 

Romero was a sophomore at Gadsden High School and played baseball. He was number 2.

A memorial is planned Thursday night during their game against Alamogordo High School. Romero’s father is throwing out the first pitch in his honor. 

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