Lovington HS senior dies from traumatic head injury after fall from car

Updated: 08/28/2014 8:41 PM | Created: 08/28/2014 5:46 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Lovington High School senior died Thursday afternoon from severe head trauma after an accident in the school parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

Lovington police are releasing few details except that a one-vehicle incident happened in the school parking lot Wednesday.

Exactly what happened is unclear, but a student was airlifted to Lubbock, Texas for head trauma where she had been in critical condition before passing Thursday evening.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 visited Lovington High School Thursday where students said their classmate fell off of a Jeep and hit her head.

"[It's] crazy, there's a lot of people that drive fast," said sophomore Vanessa Salcido. "They're always doing donuts."

Salcido says the parking lot is chaotic after school.

"They're not very careful, and if you get in the way they'll probably hit you," said Salcido.

"I'm not so much concerned about my son's driving abilities as everybody else's driving abilities," said Misty Andaluz whose son is a junior.

"I think a lot of people are in denial that their kids are actually out doing the stunts that they're doing in their vehicles," said Andaluz.

School officials were out patrolling Thursday, and teachers and two police cars were supervising the parking lot during the accident Wednesday.

"Obviously, even the teachers being out and being present didn't stop the accident yesterday from happening," said Andaluz.

"Well, mostly people just try to show off, and think that they're cool and just go fast through there," said Salcido.

The school district declined an interview, but did send KOB a statement saying:

"Out of respect for the family and while this matter is being reviewed, the District will not be providing any comment about the incident."

A pep assembly was cancelled for Thursday.

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