1:45 p.m. — Police have to rely on the Office of the Medical Investigator to identify the driver who was killed after swerving a car into the side of a Target store late Monday night, after the injured passenger in the car concealed her identity and carried someone else’s ID, police said.
Lynette Haozous, 27, is said to be in stable condition but is not cooperating with investigators with information about the crash, APD said in a news release Tuesday.
“I have no information as to why this passenger would not cooperate in providing her correct identification for herself and the driver initially,” APD spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said in the release.
The OMI will identify the driver and determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, which happened after 11 p.m. on Monday when the driver lost control at high speeds, careening over the intersection at Morris and Lomas Boulevard, striking a fire hydrant and slamming “with great force” into the Target, police said.
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One person is dead in a single-vehicle crash off Morris and Lomas NE that occurred around 11:12 p.m. Monday, Albuquerque police Officer Danny Padilla said in a news advisory.
The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed south on Morris when the driver lost control and crashed into a Target store, Padilla said.
There were two people inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, and one person died at the scene and the other was taken to a local hospital, according to police.
It is unknown whether the driver or the passenger was the one who died, and names and ages were not being released pending notification of next of kin.