ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County deputies say 16-year-old Elijah Herrera was driving the wrong way on Rio Bravo Boulevard early Saturday when he crashed head-on into a Sheriff’s Office vehicle.
Herrera was taken to the hospital, where he died, said deputy Felicia Maggard, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The deputy, whose name was not released, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital.
Maggard said Herrera’s passenger, 16-year-old Adyn Moseley, was also taken to a hospital. She said Moseley had non-life-threatening injuries.
Herrera was a sophomore at West Mesa High School, a spokeswoman for Albuquerque Public Schools said.
When reached by the Journal on Monday, his mother requested privacy.
Maggard initially reported Herrera was 17 years old, but she corrected that information Monday.
She said deputies believe alcohol contributed to the crash, although she would not say why they believe that. She would not say how fast he was traveling, whose vehicle he was driving or if he had a driver’s license.
“No further details are available for release at this time,” Maggard wrote in an email in response to several questions. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Maggard said that around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a deputy was heading east on Rio Bravo approaching the river when he was struck by a wrong-way driver going west in the eastbound lanes. She said the deputy had not been in the area because of the wrong-way driver.
Herrera then struck another vehicle after the collision with the deputy, Maggard said.
“The driver of the third vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” she said.