Las Cruces woman killed in five car pileup on US 70

Las Cruces News
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A Good Samaritan was killed during a five-car pileup Wednesday night just northeast of Las Cruces.

Lorenza Nunez, 51, stopped to help another car that crashed and warn oncoming traffic of the crash which happened at about 8 p.m. at milepost 158 on U.S. 70, a New Mexico State Police news release said.

The New Mexico State Police said Nunez was helping a 16-year-old girl in a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am that had crashed. While she was out there, a 2012 Jeep crashed into the stopped vehicles, followed by a Nissan Maxima and a 1991 Dodge Dually, with a horse trailer.

Nunez was stuck and suffered deadly injuries, state police said.

The occupants of the Grand Am and the Jeep, as well as three passengers in the Dodge were uninjured. The driver and passenger in the Maxima and a fourth passenger from the Dodge were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The 16-year-old was charged with driving while under the influence of an intoxicating drug and careless driving.

The deadly accident was partly caused by the dark road and no lighting. Only one passenger in the Nissan was without a seatbelt.

New Mexico State Police are still investigating the crash, a release said. 

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