ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 14-year-old girl was killed Tuesday afternoon when an SUV flipped carrying several teenagers near Carlsbad, according to New Mexico State Police.
NMSP spokesman Ray Wilson said Sierra Corrales died in the crash and three others were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
He said there were eight teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 17-years-old, riding in the SUV when the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. just southeast of Carlsbad.
Wilson said a 14-year-old girl was driving at a “high rate of speed” on Howard, near Gonzalez, when the vehicle drove off the road “for unknown reasons” and flipped.
“Corrales, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was ejected and sustained fatal injuries,” he said. “Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and it appears seatbelts were not in use.”
Wilson said the crash is still under investigation.
“The vehicle belonged to the fourteen-year-old driver’s mother and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation,” he said.