New Mexico

One teen killed, three injured in southeast NM rollover crash

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico teen is dead after a rollover crash, with another teen, not old enough to drive behind the wheel.

"I have teenagers myself and it could've been them,” said Desi Yanez, who lives directly in front of where the crash happened.

State Police say Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., 14-year-old Sierra Corrales was ejected and killed after an SUV, speeding down Howard Road just outside of Carlsbad, rolled several times.

KRQE News 13 is told another 14-year-old girl was behind the wheel, and there were seven other teens inside, ages 14 to 17.

Three others were taken to the hospital.

“All of the kids were laying on the ground,” said Lucinda Mariscal.

Mariscal was inside her home at the time when she heard the crash. Immediately rushed over to help, calling 911.

“She wasn't moving. She had her eyes open, locked, she wasn't moving or closing her eyes,” said Mariscal.

She stayed with Corrales until EMS arrived. They attempted to revive her, but it was too late.

"It is a tragic loss. Not just here as a community, but for the parents themselves,” said Yanez.

Officials say the SUV belonged to the 14-year-old driver's mother. State Police say charges could be filed pending the investigation.

They would not say if the daughter had permission to take the car or not.

Meanwhile, Mariscal will forever be traumatized by the scene.

“I pray and I cry a lot for them,” she said. "I have never encountered anything so sad and to see that girl there. It's like looking at my sons and that's what makes me feel so bad about it."

State Police say alcohol was not a factor, but that not wearing seatbelts was a factor.

No other names are being released at this time.

Corrales' family says she was a freshman at Carlsbad High School. The superintendent sent a letter home with students, and says that counselors were on hand to help students.


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