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APD: Woman died after crash early Saturday morning

Teodora Konstantinova (photo courtesy of a friend)

Teodora Konstantinova (photo courtesy of a friend)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman who was rear-ended as she was stopped at a red light on Constitution and Louisiana early Saturday morning died in the hospital later that day, according to a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Teodora Konstantinova had been rushed to the hospital in critical condition after the crash, but officer Tanner Tixier said she succumbed to her injuries.

Detectives are still investigating how the crash occurred but they do believe speed was a factor, he said. Tixier said police would not release the driver’s name unless she is charged with a crime.

Preliminary investigations suggested Konstantinova was stopped at a red light on Louisiana at Constitution when her car was struck by a woman driving a Ford Ranger southbound on Louisiana.

“My sergeant on the scene said no alcohol or drugs were involved at all, but speed looked to be a contributing factor,” Tixier said. “Was (the other driver) speeding or was it a recall situation where the brakes (didn’t work)?”