A 13-year-old girl remained hospitalized Thursday with injuries suffered in a Wednesday head-on collision in northwestern Santa Fe County that left a 13-year-old Los Alamos boy dead.
According to an online report by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the boy, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. The 2:20 p.m. crash occurred on N.M. 4 at the Y between the Truck Route and the turnoff to White Rock.
According to the report, Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe was driving in the northbound lanes and was navigating a curve when he lost control of his Toyota pickup.
“For reasons unknown, Bernal lost control of [his vehicle] allowing it to cross the double center divide line,” the report states.
His truck collided with the front-left side of a Honda four-door sedan. According to Capt. Adan Mendoza, initial reports indicate drivers of both vehicles tried to avoid each other at the last second.
The driver of the Honda, Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of Los Alamos, and a 13-year-old female in the front passenger seat survived the crash and were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center. Ventura-Trujillo was released Wednesday night after being treated for minor injuries. The 13-year-old girl was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital where Mendoza said she is in stable condition.
The 13-year-old boy who died was riding in the back seat of the Honda. It is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt, according to Mendoza.
Bernal was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
Mendoza said witnesses of the crash reported that they had seen him “weaving in and out of traffic” prior to the accident. No evidence was found to indicate alcohol was involved in the crash, Mendoza said, and Bernal agreed to a blood test following the accident.
The results of that chemical test are pending, Mendoza said.
The crash closed down N.M. 4 in both directions Wednesday evening and traffic was diverted onto N.M. 502 through Los Alamos.
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