UPDATE: LCPS Superintendent Karen Trujillo hit and killed while walking dogs

El Paso News

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) – Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dogs Thursday night, Las Cruces Police Confirm.

The Las Cruces Sun News reports Trujillo was the pedestrian police identified who died after being hit by a vehicle. The newspaper attributes sources acquainted with family and the neighborhood confirming it was Trujillo.

KTSM 9 News has reached out to LCPS.

The police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Edgewood Avenue when they learned a Nissan Quest minivan struck Trujillo. Police say the driver of the minivan remained on the scene to cooperate with police.

Trujillo was taken to Mountainview Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham sent KTSM 9 News a statement after hearing of Trujillo’s death.

“This is an incredibly painful and shocking loss for Southern New Mexico, for Las Cruces Public Schools and for our public education community statewide. I am stunned and saddened almost beyond words. Dr. Trujillo was, above all else, committed to New Mexico students, and she made a significant impact on the young women and men she taught, counseled and led for decades across different roles. She began her teaching career in Las Cruces almost 30 years ago, and her classroom experience informed her later administrative and advocacy leadership roles, and I know so many are proud to have known her as a colleague and friend. She leaves behind an unfinished legacy of credible service in New Mexico public education. The suddenness of her loss is a reminder, for all of us, to make as much meaning out of each day as we can. My prayers are with her loved ones, with her family and friends and the many students and educators and parents whose lives she touched.”

Las Cruces Public Schools is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. which can be live streamed on KTSM.com.

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