RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – One person is dead after a woman drove into a busy, popular restaurant in Ruidoso on Friday.
State Police say a 70-year-old woman was trying to back out of a parking lot when she drove through Farley’s Food, Fun and Pub just before 7 p.m. The restaurant was full of people.
NMSP have identified 58-year-old Tammy Lynn Ford of Clovis was killed in the incident. A 58-year-old male was airlifted to a hospital for his life-threatening injuries while another victim, a 75-year old woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver of the vehicle was uninjured and that the driver’s name will not be released at this time as no charges have been filed.
NMSP reports that alcohol was not a factor in the crash and that seatbelts did not appear to have been properly used. The crash remains under investigation.
Ruidoso residents said they are mourning the loss.
“It definitely affects the aura of the town and makes for a pretty rainy day,” Ruidoso resident Blake Temple said. “To see that happen here in your town where not a lot goes down is pretty upsetting.”
Elena Chavez said she was working at Farley’s when the car came crashing in.
“I saw the car coming in, and I think I went into shock right away,” Chavez said. “I just saw the window coming in. I put the food that was in my hands down and went to go check on everyone.”
Chavez said she served the driver at the restaurant earlier in the evening.
“I didn’t understand how she could have been impaired in any way,” Chavez said. “She seemed perfectly fine whenever she was eating and happy.”
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the restaurant stated, “Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. is saddened and in shock over the tragic event that occurred at our Farley’s Restaurant in Ruidoso yesterday evening. We are praying for the deceased, the injured and their families, the community and our associates, as well as the first responders who responded to the scene. We are also working closely with law enforcement as they investigate the cause of this accident and update as appropriate.”