Motorcyclist killed in crash in Santa Teresa

New Mexico News
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SANTA TERESA, N.M. (KRQE)-New Mexico State Police are investigating after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash Tuesday in Santa Teresa.

NMSP report that around 6:48 a.m. officers responded to a crash involving a motorcycle on New Mexico State Road 273 (McNutt Road) at the intersection of New Mexico State Road 136 (Pete Domenici Highway).

NMSP says that an initial investigation indicates that 24-year-old Francisco Zavala of Juarez, Mexico was driving a motorcycle and was stopped at a red light at the intersection of McNutt and Pete Domenici Highway. Police report that for reasons that are currently under investigation, a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by a 23-year-old man from Canutillo, Texas did not stop at the red light and rear-ended the motorcycle.

Zavala was ejected from the motorcycle, sustaining fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Two other vehicles that were also stopped at the light were damaged in the crash but those drivers were not injured. The driver of the Ford Explorer was treated for unknown injuries.

At this time authorities have not released the identity of the driver of the Ford Explorer. Authorities say alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The crash is currently under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Uniform Bureau as well as the New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

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