Couple Killed In Wednesday Crash Had Newborn

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Staff Report

Authorities say the couple killed early Wednesday in a crash on N.M. 68 north of Española were the Alcalde parents of a newborn.

Marissa Martinez, 19, gave birth just two weeks ago. She was driving the 2007 Mazda when it crashed into a flatbed. The impact decapitated Martinez and Eric Romero, the 21-year-old father of her baby.

Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia said they died instantly. He said that the preliminary investigation indicates the pair may have been speeding when they struck a van, ricocheted and slammed into a truck hauling a flatbed. The impact knocked the front loader it was carrying to the ground.

Reports indicate that Romero was a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He was on his way to attend a 9 a.m. court hearing in Los Alamos to face automobile burglary and credit card theft charges. 

The driver of the truck hauling the flat bed was not cited, however, the van driver was arrested on unrelated warrants.

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