The Carlsbad Municipal Schools community is mourning the death of 14-year-old Sierra Corrales who was killed in a rollover Tuesday afternoon southeast of Carlsbad.
“It is with heavy hearts that our school community mourns the tragic loss of one our students,” said Dr. Gregory Rodriguez, superintendent of the Carlsbad Municipal Schools.
“Our greatest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of all those impacted by this tragedy.”
Rodriguez said counselors from Carlsbad High School are assisting students who may need emotional support.
Carlsbad High School principal Sean Wootton sent out a memo Tuesday to teachers and staff encouraging students to stay in class and follow classroom procedures and structure “as much as possible.”
“Students and family members need to be protected, and we should refrain from sharing information or rumors, including social media messages that could be upsetting to family or students,” Wootton wrote.
New Mexico State Police Officer Ray Wilson said eight children were passengers in the Chevrolet Tahoe that crashed on Howard Road and was driven by a 14-year-old girl from Carlsbad. Corrales was a passenger in the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries after being ejected.
Wilson said she was pronounced dead by the Office of the Medical Investigator at an area hospital.
Four of the occupants were uninjured and three were transported to area hospitals, police said.
“I don’t have an update on the medical conditions,” Wilson said. “Due to Health Insurance Probability and Accounting Act (HIPPA) laws the hospital will not release any information to us. Nor would we be able to release any information if we had it.”
Wilson said the Tahoe belonged to the 14-year-old driver’s mother. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
“I do not have a timeline for charges, nor would I speculate who would be facing those charges,” Wilson said.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, he said, and it appeared seat belts weren’t in use.
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