Death of New Mexico teen leaves family, friends mourning

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, August 16, 2012

The death of an 18-year-old male has left his family and many classmates at Aztec High School shaken. According to reports, the young man was an exemplary athlete and stood up for classmates if they were being bullied. His coaches said that he could have continued playing football after high school.

A car accident took the young man's life. He had received his first car on the morning he passed away and had driven to Farmington to show the vehicle to his mom. Later, he would take a girl out to the movies while still in Farmington. That was when the crash happened.

Just before 6 p.m., the 18-year-old was driving on Butler Avenue when he turned left onto Piñon Hills Boulevard. Farmington police said that as he turned his 2003 Dodge Intrepid, a commercial truck carrying construction tools collided with the vehicle. It struck the driver's side door as it was traveling east on Piñon Hills.

In order to extricate the 18-year-old and his 19-year-old female passenger, the Farmington Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life. The vehicle was severely damaged and, once removed, both teenagers were taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center. There, the 18-year-old male was pronounced dead.

Later that night, the 19-year-old was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque where she was listed in critical condition. Her cousin reported that she is severely injured with a broken pelvis, broken ribs, broken bones in her face and head, and she is in a coma.

The family of the 18-year-old man spoke highly of their loved one. According to his father, the young man once saved a young child that was being swept down river. He managed to return the child to the parents and then left, continuing the bicycle ride he was on.

Source: Daily Times, "Car accident kills Actec High School athlete, critically injures passenger," Ryan Boetel, Aug. 3, 2012