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Teen Who Died In Crash Still Not ID’d

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has identified some of the people involved in a fatal head-on collision near Los Alamos on Wednesday.

But the 13-year-old boy from Los Alamos who was killed in the crash and a 13-year-old girl who was injured aren’t among those whose names were released.

Capt. Adan Mendoza said the drivers of the two vehicles involved were Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe, and Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of Los Alamos. Bernal has been cited for misdemeanor careless driving and has submitted to a blood test to determine whether he was intoxicated during the crash.

The accident happened at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. Bernal was driving a red 2001 Toyota pickup north along N.M. 4 and was trying to negotiate a right-hand curve as Ventura-Trujillo, in a 2009 pewter Honda sedan, approached from the opposite direction.

According to the accident report, Bernal, for unknown reasons, lost control of his truck and crossed the center line. The truck struck the left side of the Honda.

Bernal was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, treated for minor injuries, and released. Ventura-Trujillo was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center and also was released after being treated for minor injuries.

The 13-year-old girl passenger in the Honda was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center and later to University of New Mexico Hospital where she is in stable condition with injuries that are not life-threatening.

A 13-year-old boy riding in the Honda’s back seat was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mendoza previously said investigators did not know whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Learn About Lobbying Dec. 1

New Mexico League of Women Voters will hold a lobbying workshop at 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

The goal of the workshop is to teach attendees to be effective in advocating as individual citizens or as members of civic organizations or other groups in interacting with the New Mexico Legislature. Handouts and discussion will also provide information on the legislative process, on lobbyist regulation and on the tools available on the legislative website.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but please arrive before 10 a.m. to sign up and collect handouts so that the workshop can start promptly.

Speakers include Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, Rep. Jimmie Hall, R-Albuquerque, and Linda Siegle, a registered lobbyist in New Mexico since 1992.

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