Po­lice ID woman who died in crash

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

Po­lice on Sun­day re­leased fresh de­tails in the sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash Satur­day af­ter­noon that left one dead and caused a six-hour clo­sure on a stretch of In­ter­state 25.

Santa Fe Po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded to the south­bound lanes of I-25 near St. Fran­cis Drive at about 3:45 p.m. Satur­day and found a sil­ver Jeep Wran­gler that had rolled over from the north­bound lanes. Both the driver and sole pas­sen­ger had been ejected from the ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice said a Pe­cos woman, 29-year-old Chris­tiana Romero, died shortly af­ter the crash at Chris­tus St. Vin­cent Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

A man, 23-year-old Ramiro Es­parza, also of Pe­cos, sus­tained in­juries that were not lifethreat­en­ing.

Po­lice spokesman Lt. Paul Joye, said of Es­parza’s con­di­tion: “He’s go­ing to sur­vive his in­juries, but he’s go­ing to re­quire some hospi­tal­iza­tion for a while.”

The crash caused po­lice to reroute traf­fic from the south­bound lanes be­tween the Old Pe­cos Trail and St. Fran­cis Drive ex­its. The lanes didn’t re­open un­til 10:10 p.m., Joye said.

The cause of the crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Joye said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine who was driv­ing the Jeep, whether al­co­hol or drugs were in­volved, and whether charges are war­ranted in the case.

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