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2 dead, 1 critically injured following crash involving alcohol early Saturday

2 dead, 1 critically injured following crash involving alcohol early Saturday Photo: Courtesy/Taos County Sheriff's Office

David Lynch
September 30, 2017 04:21 PM

TAOS COUNTY, N.M. – Two people are dead and another in critical condition following a multi-vehicle crash that Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says involved alcohol.

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The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on State Road 68, when 21-year-old Juan Espinoza lost control of his Chevy Tahoe and eventually crashed into a Nissan Juke that had three passengers, Hogrefe said.

According to Hogrefe, the driver of the Juke was pronounced dead at the scene, while another male passenger succumbed to his injuries after he was taken to Holy Cross Hospital. Deputies say another male passenger is in critical condition at UNM Hospital.

Espinoza, meanwhile, was also treated at Holy Cross, and was “later released and booked at the Taos County detention center,” Hogrefe said. Espinoza is facing charges of homicide at the moment following the incident, and he is also being investigated for his possible connection to reports of shots fired earlier that evening, deputies say.

Hogrefe said the investigation of the incident also revealed the Tahoe Espinoza was driving was a stolen vehicle.

The names of the victims have not yet been released by authorities.

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