Eight-year-old in­jured in ATV crash, woman fac­ing charges

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By John Miller jmiller@taos­news.com The Taos News

An 8-year-old child rid­ing an ATV sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries Mon­day night (Sept.

24) when the off-road, ope­nair ve­hi­cle was struck by a ve­hi­cle driven by an Ar­royo Hondo woman. She has been charged with ag­gra­vated DUI, leav­ing the scene of a crash and other charges.

Taos County Un­der­sh­er­iff Steve Miera said deputies and med­i­cal per­son­nel were dis­patched to the crash on Straight Ar­row Road in El Prado around 7:15 p.m. Mon­day.

While en route, a dis­patcher in­formed them that fam­ily mem­bers of the in­jured

8-year-old were tak­ing the child to Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal.

Taos County Emer­gency Ser­vices Chief Chris Me­d­ina said the in­jured child was sta­bi­lized be­fore be­ing flown to an­other med­i­cal cen­ter for fur­ther treat­ment, but he was un­sure as to which fa­cil­ity that would be.

Nei­ther he nor un­der­sh­er­iff Miera had an up­dated sta­tus as to the child’s con­di­tion as of press time Wed­nes­day (Sept. 26).

At the scene, deputies iden­ti­fied and charged 46-year-old Lu­cia Tru­jillo of Ar­royo Hondo as the driver of the ve­hi­cle that struck the child. Ofi­cers ad­min­is­tered a blood test at the scene to de­ter­mine the woman’s blood-al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion, but of­fi­cial re­sults are pend­ing anal­y­sis by a state crime lab.

Tru­jillo faces ad­di­tional charges for crash­ing through a fence and fail­ing to give im­me­di­ate no­tice of the ac­ci­dent.

She is be­ing held at the Taos County Adult De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

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