DOÑA ANA COUNTY – A hospital administrator who stopped to render aid at a crash scene was killed in a chain-reaction pileup Wednesday night on a dimly lit portion of westbound U.S. Highway 70.
Lorenza Nuñez, the patient-centered medical home administrator at MountainView Regional Medical Center, was driving her 2007 Chrysler sport utility vehicle into Las Cruces when she happened upon a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am stopped in the middle of the westbound left lane, it’s front facing oncoming traffic. The Pontiac’s lights weren’t on, creating a dangerous situation for anyone driving US 70 that night.
The Pontiac became disabled for unknown reasons about 8 p.m. near US 70 mile marker 158, between the exits to Brahman Road and Holman/Dunn roads. The speed limit is 65 and lighting is sparse on that portion of the highway.
Nuñez parked her Chrysler in front of the Pontiac and turned on her emergency lights, said Timothy “T.J.” Cohee, who had been following the Pontiac and was a first responder to the initial crash.