TAOS COUNTY, NM — A teenager died early Sunday after a single-car rollover wreck that left six others seriously hurt near south Taos, reports KOAT.
The fatal accident happened on Los Cordovas Road, south of the city. Taos County Sheriff’s Office deputies and first responders arrived on the scene shortly after.
According to officials, a silver Jeep Patriot overturned on the road. Seven teenagers were in the SUV at the time.
One teenage passenger in that vehicle was partially ejected and subsequently trapped. They were pronounced deceased on the scene.
The driver and three other passengers were transported by medical helicopter to UNM Hospital with critical injuries.
Three others suffered undisclosed injuries and were taken to Holy Cross Hospital.
An initial investigation found “excessive speed and alcohol” to have been factors in the fatal wreck. The sheriff’s office said seat belts were not worn during the time of the accident, but it was unclear whether all occupants were unrestrained.
Deputies said an 18-year-old who hosted a party that involved suspected underage drinking has been charged with eight counts of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”
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